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2019 Spring Commencement: Graduate Degree Ceremony

2019 Spring Commencement: Graduate Degree Ceremony


GRADUATE, FAMILY MEMBERS,
FRIENDS, AND DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS.
THE 2019 SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY WILL BEGIN SHORTLY. GRADUATES, FAMILY MEMBERS,
FRIENDS AND DISTINGUISHED GUESTS:
PLEASE RISE FOR THE 2019 SPRING COMMENCEMENT ACADEMIC
PROCESSIONAL. (BAND PLAYING PROCESSIONAL
MUSIC)>>PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR
THE SINGING OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, PERFORMED BY DOCTOR OF
MUSICAL ARTS, VOICE AND OPERA, CLASS OF 2019 DEGREE CANDIDATE,
WESLEY DUNNAGAN. O, SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAIL’D AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS THRO’ THE PERILOUS FIGHT O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCH’D, WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THRO’ THE NIGHT THAT
OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE O SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE (APPLAUSE)>>PROVOST MANGESLDORF:
GOOD EVENING. WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN-MADISON’S SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR
DOCTORAL, MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, MFA AND HONORARY DEGREE
CANDIDATES. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF
APPLAUSE TO HONOR AND CONGRATULATE ALL OF OUR
GRADUATES. (APPLAUSE) IN THE AUDIENCE ARE SPOUSES,
CHILDREN, PARENTS, SIBLINGS AND MANY GOOD FRIENDS. THANKS TO ALL
OF YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE TO SUPPORT OUR GRADUATES TONIGHT
AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO BE HERE.
I’D LIKE TO ASK OUR GRADUATES TO RISE AS THEY ARE ABLE AND
APPLAUD TONIGHT’S AUDIENCE FOR ALL OF THEIR SUPPORT.
(APPLAUSE) AT THIS TIME, IT’S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE MEMBERS
OF OUR OFFICIAL PARTY. I’M GOING TO ASK EACH OF YOU TO
STAND UP WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED AND REMAIN STANDING.
AND I’LL ASK THE AUDIENCE TO PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL
ALL MEMBERS OF THE PARTY HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. REBECCA BLANK, CHANCELLOR JOHN BEHLING, PRESIDENT OF THE
UW SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS THOMAS BROCK, HONORARY DEGREE
CANDIDATE THOMAS GIVNISH, PROFESSOR OF
BOTANY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES KARL SCHOLZ, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE
OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE ROBERT GOLDEN, DEAN OF THE
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH DIANA HESS, DEAN OF THE SCHOOL
OF EDUCATION STEVEN SWANSON, DEAN OF THE
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY IAN ROBERTSON, DEAN OF THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING KATHRYN VANDENBOSCH, DEAN OF THE
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES JAMES JOHANNES, SENIOR ASSOCIATE
DEAN FOR FACULTY AND RESEARCH, WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
NORMAN DRINKWATER, INTERIM VICE CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH AND
GRADUATE EDUCATION RAYMOND TAFFORA, VICE CHANCELLOR
FOR LEGAL AFFAIRS LEANN TIGGES, PROFESSOR,
COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY, AND CHAIR OF THE
COMMITTEE ON HONORARY DEGREES STEVEN MILLER, HONORARY DEGREE
CANDIDATE SUSAN COOK, PROFESSOR AND
DIRECTOR OF THE MEAD WITTER SCHOOL OF MUSIC
CORA MARRETT, ALUMNA SPEAKER WILLIAM KARPUS, DEAN OF THE
GRADUATE SCHOOL LINDA SCOTT, DEAN OF THE SCHOOL
OF NURSING MARK MARKEL, DEAN OF THE SCHOOL
OF VETERINARY MEDICINE SOYEON SHIM, DEAN OF THE SCHOOL
OF HUMAN ECOLOGY MARGARET RAYMOND, DEAN OF THE
LAW SCHOOL CHARLES HOSLET, VICE CHANCELLOR
FOR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS LAURENT HELLER, VICE CHANCELLOR
FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION ARGYLE WADE, INTERIM DEAN OF
STUDENTS SARAH SCHUTT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
JEFFREY RUSSELL, VICE PROVOST FOR LIFELONG LEARNING AND DEAN
OF CONTINUING STUDIES KARL MARTIN, DEAN OF EXTENSION PAUL ZEDLER, PROFESSOR AND
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE NELSON INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
STUDIES RICHARD KELLER, ASSOCIATE DEAN
OF THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION JOHN BALDACCHINO, DIRECTOR OF
THE DIVISION OF ARTS SCOTT OWCZAREK, REGISTRAR STEVE SMITH, SECRETARY OF THE
FACULTY BARBARA BOWERS, PROFESSOR OF
NURSING, AND MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE OF THE
FACULTY SENATE PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING
THESE DISTINGUISHED INDIVIDUALS. (APPLAUSE) I WOULD NOW LIKE TO INTRODUCE
REBECCA BLANK, CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON. LAST SUMMER, CHANCELLOR BLANK
CELEBRATED HER FIFTH ANNIVERSARY LEADING THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY.
SHE IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED ECONOMIST WHO HAS ALSO
SPENT TIME IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WORKING IN THREE DIFFERENT
ADMINISTRATIONS. MOST RECENTLY SHE WAS DEPUTY
SECRETARY AND ACTING SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
COMMERCE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRIOR TO HER SELECTION TO LEAD OUR UNIVERSITY IN 2013.
CHANCELLOR BLANK RECEIVED HER UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN
ECONOMICS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND HOLDS A DOCTORAL
DEGREE IN ECONOMICS FROM MIT. SHE HAS SERVED ON THE FACULTY AT
PRINCETON, NORTHWESTERN AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, WHERE
SHE ALSO SERVED AS DEAN OF THE GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC
POLICY. AS CHANCELLOR, SHE HAS COMMITTED
HERSELF TO MAINTAINING THE UNIVERSITY’S POSITION AS ONE OF
THE WORLD’S TOP CENTERS FOR DISCOVERY AND RESEARCH —
EDUCATING STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY —
AND HELPING UW EXPERTS TO SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION WITH
THE STATE, THE NATION AND THE WORLD – WHAT WE CALL THE
WISCONSIN IDEA. PLEASE WELCOME CHANCELLOR REBECCA BLANK. (APPLAUSE)
>>CHANCELLOR BLANK:GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.
I AM DELIGHTED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN-MADISON SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR
DOCTORAL, MFA AND PROFESSIONAL DEGREE CANDIDATES.AND THANK YOU
TO PROVOST MANGELSDORF, FOR OPENING THE CEREMONY, AND THANK
YOU FOR THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY
OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. SOME OFSOME OF YOU KNOW THAT
SARAH IS LEAVING US FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO
LEAD THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER.
HER OUTSTANDING WORK WILL HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON THIS CAMPUS –
AND WE WILL MISS HER BUT WISH HER WELL.
THANK YOU, SARAH. (APPLAUSE)
I WANT TO ADD MY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES, AND MY THANKS
TO THE MANY PROUD PARENTS, SPOUSES, PARTNERS, CHILDREN,
SIBLINGS AND FRIENDS HERE TONIGHT WHO HAVE HELPED TO MAKE
THIS MOMENT POSSIBLE. AND I KNOW, FOR SOME OF YOU,
THERE ARE FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE WITH
YOU ON THIS JOURNEY, BUT WHO CANNOT BE HERE TONIGHT.
WE REMEMBER ALL OF THEM AS WELL. 2019 IS AN HISTORIC YEAR, BOTH
FOR YOU AND FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN.
FOR YOU, IT MARKS THE END OF A LONG AND SUSTAINED EFFORT TO
EARN THE CREDENTIALS TO WORK AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN YOUR
FIELD. FOR THE UNIVERSITY, 2019 MARKS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
GRADUATION OF THE FIRST WOMEN AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN. (APPLAUSE)
IT DESERVES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. (APPLAUSE) THE YEAR WAS 1869.
THERE WERE JUST SIX YOUNG WOMEN IN THAT FIRST GRADUATING CLASS.
WE HONOR THEM FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS BUT ALSO
AS TRAILBLAZERS FOR GENERATIONS OF UW WOMEN.WHO FOLLOWED.
PROFESSOR EMERITA CORA MARRETT IS ONE OF OUR EXTRAORDINARY
ALUMNAE – SHE WILL SHARE HER STORY IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OTHER. SISTER MARY KENNETH KELLER WAS A
ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN WHO, IN 1965, BECAME THE FIRST PERSON IN THE
U.S. TO EARN A PH.D. IN COMPUTER SCIENCE.
RIGHT HERE AT UW-MADISON. SISTER MARY KENNETH MADE HISTORY
NOT ONLY BECAUSE SHE EARNED A CREDENTIAL BEFORE ANYONE ELSE, BUT BECAUSE OF HER DEDICATION TO
TWO IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES — THE SAME PRINCIPLES THAT HAVE
SHAPED MUCH OF YOUR WORK HERE AT UW.
THE FIRST WAS THAT ACADEMICS SHOULD SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND
INNOVATIONS WITH THE PUBLIC — THAT’S THE WISCONSIN IDEA.
SHE HELPED DEVELOP THE COMPUTER LANGUAGE CALLED BASIC, WHICH —
FOR THE FIRST TIME — MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO WRITE
CUSTOM SOFTWARE — YOU NO LONGER HAD TO BE A SCIENTIST TO HAVE ACCESS TO SPECIAL TOOLS.
THE SECOND PRINCIPLE WAS THAT COLLABORATION BETWEEN ACADEMIC
DISCIPLINES IS THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
HER EXPERIENCE WORKING ACROSS DISCIPLINES HERE AT UW LED HER
TO GIVE A TALK AT WHICH SHE MADE WHAT WAS, IN THE 1970S, A FAIRLY
RADICAL PREDICTION — THAT COMPUTERS WOULD BE “THE GREATEST
INTERDISCIPLINARY TOOL” EVER INVENTED. THIS CAMPUS AND
RESEARCH CENTERS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE
INTER-DISCIPLINARY CONVERSATION AND COLLABORATION OF THE SORTS
THAT SHE WAS INVOLVED IN
WE KNOW THOSE COLLABORATIONS FUEL SOME OF THE MOST
INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT WORK WE DO HERE AT UW.
THAT’S WHY WE HAVE ENGINEERS WORKING WITH CLOTHING DESIGNERS.
AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS WORKING WITH THE
BACTERIOLOGISTS WHO STUDY LEAF-CUTTER ANTS.
ONE OF OUR NEW PH.D. STUDENTS IN FRESHWATER AND MARINE SCIENCES
CAME TO US AFTER INTERVIEWING AT A COUPLE OF OTHER TOP
UNIVERSITIES AND SAID: — AND I
QUOTE, EVERY UNIVERSITY I VISITED HAD
GREAT FACULTY AND STUDENTS AND GOOD FACILITIES.
BUT UW WAS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THE WATER SCIENTISTS WORK WITH
THE WHOLE CAMPUS. ENGINEERS, POLITICAL SCIENTISTS,
PEOPLE FROM GLOBAL HEALTH AND THE ENERGY INSTITUTE — THEY’RE
ALL INVOLVED.THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS PLACE EXCITING.
TO WHICH EVIDENTLY HE SAID WHEN HE WAS OUT, A FACULTY MEMBER
FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY RESPONDED:
“OH YEAH, THAT’S A VERY ‘WISCONSIN’ THING.”
WE ARE SO ACCUSTOMED TO WORKING ACROSS BOUNDARIES HERE AT UW
THAT WE DO IT SEEMINGLY WITHOUT EFFORT. OFTENTIMES.
BUT THE FACT IS, THESE COLLABORATIONS DON’T HAPPEN
SPONTANEOUSLY. THEY HAPPEN BECAUSE WE’VE
CREATED THE RIGHT CONDITIONS AND THE RIGHT SPACES TO BRING
PEOPLE TOGETHER AND ENCOURAGE
INTERACTION. AS YOU LEAVE THIS PLACE, YOU ARE
GOING TO FIND THAT IT LIKELY WILL TAKE
MORE TIME AND EFFORT TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT
WORLDS. BUT IT’S ALSO ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO AS YOU BEGIN THIS NEW CHAPTER OF
YOUR LIVES. BECAUSE THOSE CONNECTIONS WILL
NOURISH TWO OF THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A HAPPY AND
PRODUCTIVE LIFE.AND CAREER. THE FIRST BUILDING BLOCK IS
INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY — THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH YOU HAVE
— I HOPE — COMPLETED YOUR GRADUATE WORK.
THE WAY TO STAY CURIOUS IS TO BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING
INTERESTING THINGS. PEOPLE WHO WILL ASK QUESTIONS
YOU NEVER THOUGHT OF BEFORE, AND WHICH CAN TAKE YOUR CAREER IN
NEW DIRECTIONS. PEOPLE WHO WILL INSPIRE YOU TO
THINK OF A NEW RESEARCH PROJECT — OR LEARN HOW TO PLAY CELLO
— COOK THAI FOOD — OR FIGURE OUT WHAT “GAME OF
THRONES” IS ACTUALLY ALL ABOUT. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN THOSE PEOPLE
FOR EACH OTHER. YOU’VE KEPT ONE ANOTHER INSPIRED
AND ENGAGED, EVEN IN MOMENTS WHEN YOU WONDERED WHETHER ALL
THE WORK WAS WORTH IT. AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN
EXTRAORDINARY. JEANETTE METZGER MAPPED AREAS OF
THE HEART WHERE THE EARLIEST CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH
PARKINSON’S DISEASE CAN BE FOUND — SOMETHING NO ONE HAD EVER
DONE BEFORE. JEANETTE’S PRE-CLINICAL WORK MAY
PAVE THE WAY FOR MUCH EARLIER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF
PARKINSON’S. TODAY, SHE WILL RECEIVE A PH.D.
IN CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY.
CONGRATULATIONS, JEANETTE! (APPLAUSE) ANDREW VOTER SET OUT TO DEMONSTRATE HOW
ENZYMES ALTER UNUSUAL DNA STRUCTURES INSIDE CELLS AND
FOUND SOMETHING ENTIRELY UNEXPECTED.
ANDY’S WORK IS LEADING TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF HOW CELLS
DUPLICATE THEIR DNA — AND AN ENTIRELY NEW RESEARCH DIRECTION
FOR THE LAB. AS HIS ADVISER DR. JIM KECK
PUT IT: IT’S LIKE OPENING THE
DOOR TO A BEDROOM, EXPECTING TO FIND A BED, BUT INSTEAD FINDING
KING TUT’S TOMB. TODAY, ANDY WILL RECEIVE A PH.D.
IN BIOCHEMISTRY, AND HE WILL RETURN TO MEDICAL SCHOOL THIS
SUMMER TO COMPLETE HIS MD. CONGRATULATIONS, ANDY!
(APPLAUSE) FOR JAMILA LEE-JOHNSON, THERE
WERE MANY MOMENTS OF DISCOVERY IN HER YEARS OF RESEARCH ON THE
FACTORS THAT AFFECT COLLEGE ACCESS AND RETENTION FOR
STUDENTS OF COLOR. AMONG OTHER THINGS, SHE HAS
VOWED TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR BLACK WOMEN THROUGHOUT
TRANSITION FROM HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, TO GRADUATE SCHOOL.
TODAY, JAMILA WILL RECEIVE A PH.D. IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
AND POLICY ANALYSIS. CONGRATULATIONS, JAMILA!
(APPLAUSE) I COULD KEEP GOING FOR EVERY
SINGLE STUDENT SITTING IN THE AUDITORIUM TONIGHT, BUT I WON’T.
EVEN AS WE CELEBRATE BIG ACHIEVEMENTS, WE KNOW THAT THOSE
MOMENTS OF DISCOVERY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY PLENTY OF OTHER
MOMENTS OF EXHAUSTION AND FRUSTRATION.
MOMENTS WHEN THE ONLY THING YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT IS WHY THIS
SAW OF THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE.
THOSE ARE THE MOMENTS TO FIND ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE YOU OUTSIDE
OF YOUR WORK. WHEN ALBERT EINSTEIN CAME UPON A
PROBLEM THAT STUMPED HIM, HE’D WALK AWAY AND PLAY HIS VIOLIN.
ISAAC NEWTON AND CARL SAGAN WOULD PICK UP THEIR PENS AND
WRITE. BEATRIX POTTER CREATED PETER
RABBIT AS AN OUTLET FOR THE FRUSTRATIONS SHE ENCOUNTERED AS
A BOTANIST. SO PUT YOURSELF IN PLACES WHERE
YOU CAN LEARN NEW THINGS FROM PEOPLE WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT
INTERESTS. AND STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS, YOUR COLLEAGUES
FOR LIFE. THEY WILL ALWAYS LAUGH AND CRY
WITH YOU, AND BE THERE TO CELEBRATE VICTORIES LARGE AND
SMALL, NO MATTER HOW MANY YEARS GO BY.
THE SECOND BUILDING BLOCK IS —
IN ADDITION TO INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY.
IS DEVELOPING YOUR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE
WELL. CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE FROM MANY
DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND PERSPECTIVES IS AN EXCELLENT WAY
TO SHARPEN YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
THE SURGEON AND AUTHOR ATUL GAWANDE WRITES ABOUT HIS
STRUGGLE TO DELIVER BAD NEWS TO PATIENTS.
HE TRIED GIVING LOTS OF MEDICAL FACTS, WHICH LEFT THEM DEEPLY
UPSET. HE TRIED GIVING LESS
INFORMATION, WHICH LEFT THEM CONFUSED.
AND ULTIMATELY HE REALIZED THAT THE BEST WAY TO START THE MOST
DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WAS WITH SIMPLE WORDS:
I AM WORRIED. WORDS MATTER.
PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY’RE COMING FROM A PERSON RECOGNIZED AS AN
EXPERT IN THEIR FIELD. WE LIVE IN AN ERA THAT IS
SOMETIMES SKEPTICAL OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE BUT
URGENTLY IN NEED OF SOLUTIONS TO REALLY HARD PROBLEMS.
WE LIVE IN AN ERA THAT IS SOMETIMES SKEPTICAL OF FACTS BUT
URGENTLY IN NEED OF REASON. THE CREDENTIAL YOU RECEIVE TODAY
WILL OPEN UP NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE
PUBLIC – THE MEDIA —
INDUSTRY LEADERS — POLICYMAKERS —
AND OTHERS ABOUT IMPORTANT YSHS
WHERE YOU KNOW MORE THAN ANYONE EGGSs ELSE — IMPORTANT AREAS.
BUT THE CLASSIC ACADEMIC APPROACH TO COMMUNICATION —
THROWING OUT LOTS OF FACTS AND FIGURES AND HOPING YOUR AUDIENCE
FIGURES IT OUT –MAY WORK WELL IN THE SEMINARS IN YOUR FIELD,
BUT NOT VERY EFFECTIVE FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.
AS ISAAC NEWTON ONCE SAID: TRUTH IS EVER TO BE FOUND IN
SIMPLICITY, AND NOT IN THE MULTIPLICITY AND CONFUSION OF
THINGS. THE WAY YOU LEARN TO EXPLAIN
SOMETHING SIMPLY IS THE SAME WAY YOU LEARN TO PLAY PIANO OR GOLF.
YOU PRACTICE. START BY EXPLAINING YOUR
RESEARCH TO YOUR PARENTS OR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS.
HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF YOUR FIELD AND LEARN
HOW TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND. ONLY BY COMMUNICATING CLEARLY ABOUT SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND
VALUE OF RESEARCH, WILL WE BE ABLE TO PERSUADE ON THE VALUE OF
OUR RESULTS. NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL, COLLEGE,
DEPARTMENT, INSTITUTE, OR RESEARCH CENTER YOU’VE BEEN PART
OF, I HOPE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT VERY ‘WISCONSIN’ THING – AN
EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS COLLABORATING ACROSS
MANY DIFFERENT FIELDS. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY
CONNECTED TO YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES HERE AT UW, AND FIND
OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD NEW CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE WHO CAN
INSPIRE YOU TO KEEP LEARNING AND BUILDING NEW SKILLS.
I HOPE THAT YOU WILL USE YOUR EDUCATION TO MAKE THIS WORLD A
JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER. THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS
COMMUNITY. BEST WISHES AS YOU SET OFF ON
THE NEXT STAGE OF YOUR JOURNEY. WHEREVER YOU GO, BE SURE TO COME
BACK AND VISIT US EVERY SO OFTEN HERE IN MADISON AND TELL US HOW
YOU’RE DOING. CONGRATULATIONS!
AND, ON, WISCONSIN! (APPLAUSE) NOW IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE
JOHN ROBERT BEHLING, PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS. JOHN GRADUATED FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE
IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ECONOMICS, AND RECEIVED HIS LAW
DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LAW SCHOOL IN MADISON.
MADISON.WHICH SOME OF YOU KNOW WELL.
HE IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT FROM THE CHIPPEWA
VALLEY AREA, WHERE HE IS AN ATTORNEY WITH THE EAU CLAIRE LAW
FIRM OF WELD RILEY. HE SERVES AS THE FIRM’S
PRESIDENT AND CHAIRS ITS GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE
LAW PRACTICE. JOHN’S TERM ON THE BOARD OF
REGENTS IS COMING TO A CLOSE, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS
SERVICE AND FOR JOINING US TODAY.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING REGENT PRESIDENT JOHN BEHLING.
(APPLAUSE)>>REGENT BEHLING:
THANK YOU, CHANCELLOR BLANK, FOR THAT VERY KIND INTRODUCTION. AS
ALWAYS, IT’S GREAT TO BE BACKS ON CAMPUS.
ON BEHALF OF MY REGENT COLLEAGUES AND THE UW SYSTEM
PRESIDENT, I OFFER TO EACH OF YOU MY SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS.
GRADUATING WITH AN ADVANCED DEGREE IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE, AND I KNOW YOU ALL
WORKED VERY, VERY HARD TO GET HERE TODAY.
IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WHEN I CROSSED THE STAGE.
IT’S BEEN 20 YEARS NOW. I KNOW I COULDN’T HAVE CROSSED
THE STAGE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF MY BRIDE AND FAMILY, AND I KNOW
THERE’SES SOMEONE SPECIAL FOE YOU, YOUR FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND,
COLLEAGUE, THAT HELPED TO GET THROUGH THIS IMPORTANT DAY.
GRADUATE, WITH THIS IN MIND, GIVE A ROUND OF APPLAUD TO THE
SPECIAL PERSON THAT HELPED YOU GRADUATE.
(APPLAUSE) THANK YOU.
BEFORE I GO ANY FURTHER, JUST A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE BOARD OF
REGENTS AND THE UW SYSTEM. THE UW SYSTEM CONSISTS OF OVER 170,000 STUDENTS, 44,000 PLOARKS
AND 26 CAMPUSES. 44,000 EMPLOYEES.
AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST CELEBRATED UNIVERSITY
SYSTEMS IN THE COUNTRY. —
SYSTEMSES IN THE WORLD. THE UW SYSTEM IS TRULY ONE OF
THE ECONOMIC GENERATORS OF THE MIDWEST.
THE BOARD OF REGENTS OVERSEE THE UW SYSTEM, AND ARE APPOINTED BY
THE GOVERNOR AND CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE.18 OF THEM.
WE SERVE AS VOLUNTEERS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS I HAVE HAD THE
HONOR TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD.
EVERY DAY I WAKE UP IN THE LAST 24 MONTHS I AM ALWAYS AMAZED BY
THE BRILLIANCE, AND THE CAPABILITIES OF OUR GRAWFTS.
IT’S TRULY INCREDIBLE — OUR GRADUATES ARE TRULY INCREDIBLE
BEEN THE MADISON CAMPUS IS THE FLAGSHIP FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN. HE HAVE SINGLE WISCONSIN
RESIDENT IS PROUD OF WHAT YOU GRADUATES HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
TODAY. NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU, AND IT IS
A DEGREE THAT’S RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE WITH RESPECT AND MOST
IMPORTANTLY THESE DAYS, INTEGRITY. ONE FINAL POINT I WOULD LIKE TO
MAKE. THE UW SYSTEM ALWAYS BELIEVED,
AS I DO, THAT WE SHOULD BENEFIT AND HERN FROM THE PAST AND THINK
AND TRAIN FOR THE FUTURE. THIS DPLOAF OF EDUCATION AND
SERVICE ARE A CORNER STONE OF THE WISCONSIN IDEA, HELPS TO
DEFINE WHAT WE DO, BOTH ON CAMPUS AND IN THE WORLD.
I THINK YOU WILL AGREE THAT STEVE MILLER AND TOMS BROCK ARE
TWO HAN DEGREE RECIPIENTS HERE THIS EVENING, ARE EXCELLENT
EXAMPLES OF THE WISCONSIN IDEA AND GREAT ROLE MODELS FOR ALL OF
US. IN CLOSING, I WANT YOU TO KNOW
THAT THE BOARD OF REGENTS ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR GRADUATES.
WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND ALL OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
GRADUATES, CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
AND ON, WISCONSIN. (APPLAUSE)>>CHANCELLOR BLANK:
THANK YOU, REGENT PRESIDENT BEHLING. TODAY WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE THE
PRIVILEGE OF AWARDING UW-MADISON HONORARY DEGREES.
AN HONORARY DEGREE IS EARNED NOT BY COMPLETING A COURSE OF STUDY,
BUT BY LIVING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
LEANN TIGGES, PROFESSOR OF COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL
SOCIOLOGY AND CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON HONORARY DEGREES,
WILL READ THE DEGREE CITATION FOR EACH HONORARY DEGREE
CANDIDATE.>>PROFESSOR TIGGES:
CHANCELLOR BLANK, ON RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON AND BY VOTE OF
THE BOARD OF REGENTS, I PRESENT THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR HONORARY
DEGREES. I CALL UPON PROFESSOR THOMAS
GIVNISH TO BRING FORWARD PROFESSOR EMERITUS THOMAS BROCK. THE RESEARCH OF THOMAS BROCK, A
PROFESSOR OF NATURAL SCIENCES HERE FOR 19 YEARS, HAS
CHALLENGED ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE NATURE AND RESILIENCE OF LIFE,
AND HELPED CREATE THE FIELD OF BIOTECHNOLOGY.
IN RETIREMENT, HE IS ADVANCING THE PRESERVATION AND
CONSERVATION OF THE MIDWESTERN OAK SAVANNA, ONE OF THE MOST
CHARACTERISTIC — AND ENDANGERED — ECOSYSTEMS OF OUR AREA. THE BROCKS’ PLEASANT VALLEY
CONSERVANCY PROPERTY NEAR BLACK EARTH, WISCONSIN RESTORED A
PARTICULAR MIDWESTERN OAK SAVANNA, AND HAS BECOME A
TRAINING GROUND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF RESTORATION
ECOLOGISTS. CHANCELLOR BLANK, ON THE
RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY AND BY VOTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I PRESENT THOMAS BROCK TO RECEIVE THE DEGREE HONORARY
DOCTOR OF SCIENCE.>>CHANCELLOR:
(APPLAUSE) WE’RE NOT QUITE THERE YET.
THOMAS BROCK: IN RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO
MICROBIOLOGY WITH YOUR DISCOVERY OF THERMUS AQUATICUS, AND FOR —
WHICH LED TO THE FIELD OF WHOLE NEW FIELDS OF BIOLOGY.
AND FOR MODELING THE BEST IN ECOLOGICAL
PRESERVATION THROUGH YOUR WORK IN CONSERVING MIDWESTERN OAK
SAVANNAS, THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CONFERS ON YOU
THE DEGREE OF HONORARY DOCTOR OF SCIENCE.CONGRATULATIONS.
(APPLAUSE) THIS IS YOURS.>>PROFESSOR THOMAS BROCK:
THANK YOU SO MUCH CHANCELLOR BLANK, MEMBERS OF THE
ADMINISTRATION, THOSE COLLEAGUES WHO NOMINATED ME FOR THIS HONOR.
HONOR.AND PROFESSOR GIVNISH. FELLOW RECIPIENT
MY WIFE KATHIE AND FAMILY I WAS BORN IN OHIO AND GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 1944, AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, JUST
BEFORE D-DAY. I ENLISTED IN THE U.S. NAVY AND
SPENT TWO YEARS IN THE CHICAGO AREA TRAINING, MOSTLY AT GREAT
LAKES AND NAVY PIER. I SOON DISCOVERED WISCONSIN WAS
THE PLACE TO GO FOR MY LIBERTIES, AND I WOULD COME TO
EITHER MILWAUKEE OR MADISON. THE US NAVY HAD TAKEN OVER LOTS
OF FACILITIES AT UW. INCLUDING
THE ADAMS AND TRIPP RESIDENCE HALLS
, WHERE THERE WAS A RADIO SCHOOL.
A FRIEND OF MINE WAS IN RADIO SCHOOL HERE, SO I HITCHHIKED UP
ON WEEKENDS TO VISIT HIM. AFTER EATING DINNER, HE WALKED
ME DOWN TO THE DINNER, ALONG THE LAKESHORE PATH.
WHO COULDN’T LIKE UW AFTER THAT? AMP DISCHARGE FROM THE NAVY,
WITH THE GI BILL, I APPLIED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOR
ADMISSION. I WAS INFORMED BECAUSE OF THE
OVERCROWDED CONDITION AFTER THE WAR, THEY WERE ONLY ACCEPTING IS
THE WISCONSIN RESIDENTS. THAT’S HOW I ENDED UP AT OHIO
STATE, WHERE I RECEIVED A BACHELORS AND MASTER’S DEGREE IN
BOTANY, AND A Ph.D. IN MICROBIOLOGY. WHO KNOWS HOW A CAREER IS GOING
TO DEVELOP ONCE YOU GRADUATE? AFTER SEVERAL RESEARCH JOBS, I
ENDED UP AS A FULL PROFESSOR AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY AND ASSUMED
THAT I WOULD SPEND THE REST OF MY ACADEMIC CAREER IN
BLOOMINGTON. THEN CAME THE FATEFUL TELEPHONE
CALL, APRIL, 1971, FROM UW-MADISON, OFFERING ME A
RESEARCH PROFESSORSHIP, AND FROM.
A. B. FRED PROFESSOR OF NATURAL SCIENCES.
WHAT A SURPRISE AND A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.
ALTHOUGH I WAS NEVER ABLE TO BE A STUDENT AT UW, I WAS NOW GOING
TO BE A FACULTY MEMBER!WHICH I THOUGHT WAS KIND OF A FITTING
END TO MY CAREER. KATHIE AND I BOUGHT A HOUSE IN
SHOREWOOD HILLS, AND I WALKED OR — I WALKED THAT LAKESHORE PATH
TO WORK. EVERY DAY AFTER.
I WOULD WALK OR BIKE. LATER ON, AFTER RETIREMENT,
KATHIE AND I WERE ABLE TO HELP IN A FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT WAY IN
GETTING LAKESHORE PATH, THAT PATH, THE PICNIC POINT, AND ALL
OF THE OTHER — GREATER THAN 300 ACRES — OF NATURAL AREA
ALONG THE CAMPUS. IT WAS NOW CALLED THE LAKE SHORE
NATURE PRESERVE. E.B. FRED, FOR WHOM MY
PROFESSORSHIP IS NAMED, WAS A BACTERIOLOGIST WHO WENT ON TO
BECOME THE DEAN OF AGRICULTURE AND AFTER WORLD WAR II,
PRESIDENT OF THE KWR506R9. HE WAS PRESIDENT HERE FROM 1945 TO 1958.
VERY IMPORTANT YEARS FOR UW, RIGHT AFTER THE WAR.
MACRO-ING EXTREMELY — MAKING HE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
CONTRIBUTIONS. ONE OF HIS MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
WAS CONVINCING THE STATE TO GIVE MONEY TO BUILD MEMORIAL LIBRARY.
HE WAS THE MOST PROUD OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET THE
LIBRARY. BEFORE THAT, BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
ALL OF THE UW BOOKS WERE IN THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. KATHIE AND I GOT TO KNOW
DR. FRED FAIRLY WELL, BECAUSE MY PROFESSORSHIP WAS NAMED FOR HIM.
HE WAS AN EMERITUS PROFESSOR FOR MANY YEARS.
HE LIVED IN THAT HOUSE AT 10 NORTH BABCOCK, WHICH IS RIGHT IN
THE MIDDLE WHERE ALL, A LOT OF THE LAKE SHORE DORMS ARE, AND
RIGHT NEXT TO THE ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDENS.
THE HOUSE IS STILL STANDING THERE.
WE FREQUENTLY, KATHIE AND I, FREQUENTLY VISITED DR. FRED AND
ROSA, HIS WIFE. AND BRINGING OUR KIDS ALONG.
ROSA FRED WAS — LOVED THE KIDS AND LET THEM HAVE THE RUN OF THE
HOUSE. DR. FRED HAD A VERY LARGE
COLLECTION OF TOY PIGS, WHICH HE
LET OUR KIDS PLAY WITH. MY SON BRIAN, WHO IS HERE TODAY,
REMEMBERS THOSE — PLAYING WITH THOSE PIGS.
AS A RESEARCH PROFESSOR, I WAS FREE TO WORK ON WHATEVER I
WANTED. AND IMPORTANT — THE FACT THAT I
DO BASIC RESEARCH. SOME PEOPLE CALLED IT USELESS
BECAUSE IT HAD NO PRACTICAL AIMS.
BUT I THINK THE EVIDENCE SAYS IN BASIC RESEARCH IS WHAT PRACTICAL
AIMS BUILD ON. FOR INSTANCE, WHAT USE COULD
THERE BE IN LOOKING FOR LIVING BACTERIA IN THE HOT POOLS AND
GEYSERS OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK?
BUT SOMETIMES A BASIC DISCOVERY CAN LEAD TO VERY WIDE
APPLICATIONS. THROUGH MY YELLOWSTONE RESEARCH,
I DISCOVERED A VAST NEW RANGE OF LIFE FORMS. ONE OF THESE WAS THE THERMOPHILIC BACTERIUM–
WHAT I NAMED — THERMUS AQUATICUS, WHICH IS THE
SOURCE OF THE ENZYME TAQ POLYMERASE.
THIS ENZYME TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ENZYMES IN IN THE WORLD, MAKING PRC, AND
DNA RESEARCH MODERN, AND MODERN DNA RESEARCH POSSIBLE.
WITH VAST APPLICATIONS IN BIOLOGY, MEDICINE, FORENSICS,
ANTHROPOLOGY, ARCHAEOLOGY, GENEALOGY; INDEED, HUMAN SOCIETY
AS A WHOLE. LOOK IT UP IN
WIKIPEDIA. (LAUGHTER)
AFTER RETURNING FROM UW-MADISON — AFTER RETIRING
FROM UW-MADISON, I RETURNED TO MY FIRST LOVE IN BOTANY.
KATHIE AND I HAVE SPENT THE PAST 25 YEARS RESTORING A NATURAL
AREA IN WESTERN DANE COUNTY. CALLED PLEASANT VALLEY
CONSERVANCY. AMONG OTHER HABITATS.
PLEASANT VALLEY HAS A SUBSTANTIAL OAK SAVANNA.
OAK SAVANNAS, AT ONE TIME THE MOST COMMON HABITAT FOR THEM IN
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. BUT THEY’RE NOW EXTREMELY RARE.
WISCONSIN DNR CLASSIFIES THE OAK IS OAK
SAVANNA AS GLOBALLY IN PERIL.
I ALWAYS HAVE TROUBLE WITH THAT WORD, GLOBAL, GOT IT OUT. IT’S
NOW A STATE NATIONAL AREA, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, THE KERCHCY, AND
ATTRACTS THE NATURALIST, BIRD WATCHERS, AND BIRD ENTHUSIASTS
AND ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS AND A LOT OF UNIVERSITY COURSES.
IT HELPS TO DEMONSTRATE WITH THE, WHAT SOUTHERN WISCONSIN
LOOKED LIKE BEFORE IT WAS SETTLED.
THANKS FOR LISTENING. AND GOOD LUCK.
(APPLAUSE)>>CHANCELLOR BLANK:THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. STEVE MILLER.
>>PROFESSOR TIGGES: THE STEVE MILLER BAND HAS BEEN
PERFORMING FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS TO FRESH ACCOLADES WITH
EACH SHOW AND RECORDING. THE BAND’S SKILLFUL MUSICIANSHIP
CHARMS BOTH LONGTIME AND NEW FANS.
STEVE MILLER HIMSELF CONTINUES TO INSPIRE AND FURTHER THE REACH
OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN BLUES AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC.
HE HAS ALSO RE-DEFINED THE ROLE MUSICIANS CAN TAKE IN PROTECTING
THEIR WORK, AND HAS PROVEN HIMSELF AS AN ADMIRED MENTOR AND
TEACHER TO YOUNGER MUSICIANS. CHANCELLOR BLANK, ON THE
RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY AND BY VOTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I PRESENT STEVEN
HAWORTH MILLER TO RECEIVE THE DEGREE HONORARY DOCTOR OF HUMANE
LETTERS.>>CHANCELLOR: STEVEN MILLER: IN RECOGNITION OF
YOUR LASTING INFLUENCE ON THE AMERICAN SOUNDTRACK OF BOTH
BLUES AND ROCK, AND YOUR SKILL AT MENTORING MUSICIANS, THE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CONFERS UPON YOU THE HONORARY
DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS.DEGREE. CONGRATULATIONS.
(APPLAUSE) THAT’S YOURS.
(APPLAUSE)>>STEVE MILLER: I THINK YOU ALL
SHOULD KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE ON THE DIAS CAN’T UNDERSTAND A WORD
THAT’S BEING SAID. THE STRANGEST THING, THE
ACOUSTICS IN HERE ARE, I GUESS, FOR BASKETBALL.
(LAUGHTER) I HAD TO SAY THAT, I’M SORRY.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE HERE BESTOWING THIS HONOR ON ME.
I CAME HERE 58 YEARS AGO. I WAS A 17-YEAR-OLD KID.
I WAS GREEN AS GRASS. AND I JOINED A CLASS OF — 7500
FRESHMAN, AND IN A TIME IN THE WORLD WHEN THINGS WOULD
COMPLETELY CHANGE. AND IT FEEL LIKE THE SAME TIME
NOW. NO ONE KNEW WHAT REALLY WAS
GOING TO HAPPEN, AND I — I HAD SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN TO ME HERE
THAT I WASN’T EXPECTING. I JOINED SNIK.
I BECAME A FREEDOM WRITER BECAME AN ADVOCATE FOR PEACE.
I BECAME VERY POLITICAL. AND MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED.
AND THE CULTURE HERE AT THIS UNIVERSITY IMPRINTED ALL OF THAT
ON WHO I AM TODAY. IT’S PART OF WHAT MY MUSIC IS
AND WHAT I DO. AND AS I SIT HERE, AND I LOOK AT
ALL OF YOU, YOU EDUCATORS WHO WORK SO HARD AND IT’S SUCH A
SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW.
SO MUCH WORK HAS BEEN DONE. I FIND THAT WE’RE REALLY ALL THE
SAME. I LEFT SCHOOL, I JUMPED OFF THE
EDGE INTO THE UNKNOWN AND STARTED WRITING SONGS.
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME.
BUT I BELIEVED IN IT, AND I LEARNED THE SKILLS.
I WANT TO THANK MY TEACHERS HERE FOR MAKING ME STUDY CREATIVE
WRITING AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, AND POLITICAL
SCIENCE. I FOUND THAT ALL OF THAT MADE A
HUGE DIFFERENCE. AND AS I SIT HERE, AND I LISTEN
TO EVERYONE TALK ABOUT WHAT THEIR EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN, MAYBE
YOU ARE A NUCLEAR SCIENTIST, A BIOCHEMIST, PHYSICIAN, OR A
MUSICIAN, WE ALL GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND WE ALL TRY AND MAKE A
DIFFERENCE. AND THE THING THAT I LEARNED
REALLY EARLY, ONCE I GOT OUTSIDE OF THE HOME, THE SURROUNDING,
THE LOVING ARMS OF THE UNIVERSITY, WAS YOU HAVE TO BE
GREAT INSTANTLY. YOU GOT TO GET RIGHT ON IT AND
GO RIGHT TO IT. AND THAT’S WHAT I’VE TRIED TO DO
ALL MY LIFE. AND THIS SUMMER I WILL GO OUT
AND DO 40 SHOWS. AND I WILL PLAY TO 500,000
PEOPLE. AND I WILL WRITE SOME NEW SONGS,
AND I’LL CARRY THIS HONOR WITH ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
I LOVE THE UNIVERSITY. I LOVE THIS GATHERING RIGHT
HERE. ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT IT
TAKES JUST TO GET TO HERE. AND THEN YOU TAKE IT OUTSIDE OF
THE UNIVERSITY, AND YOU TAKE IT INTO THE WORLD, SO GOD BLESS YOU
ALL FOR ALL OF THE WORK. GOD BLESS THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY
HEART. I WILL WEAR THIS ROBE WITH
HONOR. THANK YOU.
(APPLAUSE)>>CHANCELLOR:CONGRATULATIONS,
AGAIN, TBOAGHT OF OUR HAN — TO BOTH OF OUR HONORARY DEGREE
RECIPIENTS. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE
PROFESSOR MICHAEL LECKRONE AND MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY’S
SCHOOL OF MUSIC BAND WHO WILL PLAY OUR MUSICAL SELECTION THIS
EVENING: ‘SONGS TO THEE WISCONSIN,’ ARRANGED BY MIKE
LECKRONE.THIS IS,S A MANY OF YOU KNOW, A BITTERSWEET MOMENT FOR US.
MIKE IS STEPPING DOWN AFTER 50 YEARS AS DIRECTOR OF THE
UW-MADISON MARCHING BAND. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE LAST
TIMES HE LEADS THE BAND. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING A
GIFTED TEACHER AND COMPOSER, AND LEGENDARY SHOWMAN WHO WILL
FOREVER BE PART OF THIS UNIVERSITY — PROFESSOR MICHAEL
LECKRONE. (APPLAUSE) (BAND PLAYING “SONGS TO THEE
WISCONSIN’) (APPLAUSE)>>CHANCELLOR:THANK YOU ALL. THIS YEAR, WE COMMEMORATE AN
HISTORIC MOMENT FOR FEMALE GRADUATES ON THIS CAMPUS, AND WE
ARE REMINDED OF ALL THE INCREDIBLE, ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN
WHO HAVE CALLED THIS UNIVERSITY HOME.
OUR NEXT SPEAKER, CORA MARRETT, IS ONE OF THOSE REMARKABLE
WOMEN. DR. MARRETT EARNED A MASTER’S
DEGREE AND A PH.D. IN SOCIOLOGY FROM UW-MADISON, THEN LATER
SERVED ON OUR FACULTY FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS.
SHE PUBLISHED WIDELY IN THE FIELD OF SOCIOLOGY WHILE SERVING
IN A HOST OF PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS,
INCLUDING A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED ASSOCIATION WITH
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. MOST RECENTLY, SHE WAS THE NSA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, SERVING UNTIL 2014.
UNDER HER LEADERSHIP, THE FOUNDATION INCREASED ITS EFFORTS
TO BROADEN AND STRENGTHEN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS. THIS
COMING FALL, I’M VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT
, DR. MARRETT HAS AGREED TO DR. MARRETT HAS AGREED TO RETURN
TO CAMPUS TO TEACH AN IMPORTANT CLASS ON THE WISCONSIN IDEA,
PAST AND PRESENT. PLEASE HELP ME IN WELCOMING DR.
CORA MARRETT. (APPLAUSE)
>>DR. CORA MARRETT:THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHANCELLOR BLANK.
I HAVE BEEN CALLED A TRAILBLAZER. BUT DO MY EFFORTS TO BROADEN BOUNDARIES IN SCIENCE, INTEGRATE FIELDS OF KNOWLEDGE AND CULTIVATE DIVERSITY, DO THEY
MERIT ME THE BADGE TRAILBLAZER? NOT IF THE TERM, AS OFTEN
DEFINED, DEPICTS SOMEONE WHO RIDS TRAILS OF POISONOUS GROWTH OR CLEARS WILD, BARBAROUS
CREATURES FROM PATHS. BUT, IF TRAILBLAZING SIGNALS EFFORTS TO WIDEN PATHWAYS AND
DIVERSIFY THE PATH-TAKERS, THEN I EMBRACE THE MONIKER.
KEY CHALLENGES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD CALL FOR
ADVANCES IN SCIENCE. FOR SYSTEMATIC
ANALYSES ON LIFE, THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE, BEHAVIOR, AND THE
ENTITIES THAT PEOPLE CREATE. THE IMPERATIVE IS FOR INCLUSION INCLUSION
– OF FIELDS OF KNOWLEDGE, AND FOR ALL OF HUMAN TALENT.
THE LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED — ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF AND POTENTIAL FOR INCLUSION —
DERIVE FROM VARIED EXPERIENCES. EXPERIENCES.SUCH AS SERVICE ON
THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION THAT INVESTIGATED THE NUCLEAR POWER
ACCIDENT IN PENNSYLVANIA. EXTENDED YEARS ON THE BOARD OF
THE ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY — A DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OPERATION; ENGAGEMENT WITH THE
SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL — AND COUNTLESS OTHER ROLES. AT SOME POINT, I MOVED FROM BEING AN OBSERVER AND STUDENT OF
THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE TO SOMEONE SEEKING TO AFFECT THAT
ENTERPRISE. MY ACTIVITIES HAD ILLUSTRATED FOR ME JUST HOW CRITICAL FOR
SCIENCE IS BREADTH OF CONTENT AND OF PARTICIPATION. MY YEARS AT
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION WERE ESPECIALLY PIVOTAL AS I
EMBRACED ITS CHARGE ITS CHARGE BEING TO PROMOTE THE PROGRESS OF
SCIENCE AND ADVANCE NATIONAL HEALTH, PROSPERITY, AND WELFARE.
THE TRANSITION TO COMMITMENT RESULTED, TOO, FROM EXCHANGES I
HAD — EXCHANGES
THAT THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION ENABLES.
NOR CAN I OVERLOOK WHAT I GARNERED FROM THE NATIONAL
RESEARCH COUNCIL, THE AMERICAN SPF
ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND OTHER AFFILIATIONS.
PERSONS LABELED AS TRAILBLAZERS TYPICALLY DO NOT SET OUT TO
CHANGE THE WORLD. RATHER, IT IS DISCONTENT WITH EXISTING OPTIONS, ALONGSIDE A VISION OF POSSIBILITIES, FROM
WHICH ACTION SPRINGS. THIS IS HOW I IMAGINE THE
SITUATION OF THE FIRST WOMEN GRADUATES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN. JUST POSSIBLY, THE SIX WHO COMPLETED THEIR DEGREES, 150
YEARS AGO,
REGARDED THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE DAY AS UNACCEPTABLE.
THE UNIVERSITY HAD ADMITTED MEN FROM ITS FOUNDING IN 1848 — BUT
NOT WOMEN. IN 1867 IT CREATED A SEPARATE FEMALE COLLEGE THROUGH WHICH
WOMEN COULD TAKE A LIMITED SET OF COURSES. PRESIDENT PAUL CHADBOURNE HAD
APPROVED THE ARRANGEMENT,FOR HE WAS CERTAIN THAT COEDUCATION
WOULD DISTRACT AND IMPEDE THE PROGRESS
OF MALE STUDENTS. ONE YEAR LATER, THE REGENTS DISBANDED THE FEMALE COLLEGE AND
ADMITTED WOMEN INTO THE LARGER UNIVERSITY.
(APPLAUSE) SIGNIFICANTLY, THE CHANGE OCCURRED FOR WHITE WOMEN — BUT
NOT FOR OTHERS. IT WAS 1918 BEFORE THE FIRST WOMAN OF COLOR GRADUATED FROM
THE UNIVERSITY. INCLUSIONARY EFFORTS, THEN, DO NOT INEVITABLY REACH ACROSS ALL
BOUNDARIES. OBSTACLES TO INCLUSION REMAIN IN — BUT CAN WE NOT DRAW
INSPIRATION FROM THE PIONEERING SPIRIT THAT PROMPTED THE
CONTINUED QUEST FOR REMOVING OBSTACLES?
DOES NOT A DEDICATION TO TRAILBLAZING APPEAR TIME AND
AGAIN IN THE ANNALS OF THE UNIVERSITY?
PLAQUES ON THE CAMPUS AND ELSEWHERE RECORD THE MEMORABLE WORDS THAT PRESIDENT CHARLES VAN HISE ISSUED IN 1905: THOSE
WORDSI SHALL NEVER BE CONTENT UNTIL THE BENEFICENT INFLUENCE
OF THE UNIVERSITY REACHES EVERY FAMILY IN THE STATE.” FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENT, AND OTHERS HAVE
EMBRACED AND ENLARGED THE MANTRA.
STRIVING TO HAVE THE UNIVERSITY WORK TO BENEFIT THE LARGER
NATION AND INDEED THE WORLD. I CHERISH MY AFFILIATION WITH AN
INSTITUTION WHERE THE DEDICATION TO INCLUSION IS LONG-STANDING
AND THE PURSUIT OF IT PERSEVERES. AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE
TRAILBLAZERS WHO BROUGHT US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY, 150 YEARS
AFTER WOMEN FIRST RECEIVED UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN DEGREES, WOULD BE PROUD TO SEE THE —
WOULD BE PROUD TO SEE WHAT ALL OF YOU, YOU PATH MAKERS, THEY
WOULD BE PROUD TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE PATH MAKERS ERS — YOU HAVE
ALREADY MADE THE MARK, AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THIS UNIVERSITY. (APPLAUSE) [ MUSIC ]
EVER WONDER WHAT PUTS THE “W” IN UW?
WHY WOMEN, OF COURSE. WE’RE CELEBRATING UW WOMEN AT
150. IMAGINE WISCONSIN 150 YEARS AGO.
IT WAS 1863, THE HEIGHT OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
THE FLEDGING UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN HAD LOST MUCH OF ITS
MALE POPULATION TO THE BATTLEFIELD.
THE TIMES WERE RIGHT TO ADMIT WOMEN. SUCH A GREAT START, EXCEPT —
WOMEN WERE LATER PUT INTO SEPARATE CLASSES IN THE “FEMALE
COLLEGE.” BY 1869, THE FIRST GROUP OF
TRAILBLAZERS WAS READY TO GRADUATE.
WE KNOW THEY BECAME A LAWYER, A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPLE, AND A A
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, AND
PROMINENT SUFFRAGIST WHO WORKED WITH SUSAN B. ANTHONY.
BUT BEFORE COMMENCEMENT, THERE WAS A HOLD UP.
PRESIDENT CHADBOURNE SCOFFED AT THE IDEA OF CONFERRING
“BACHELOR’S” DEGREES TO WOMEN. DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY IT’S
CALLED A “BACHELOR’S” DEGREE IN THE FIRST PLACE? FORTUNATELY, THE BOARD OF
REGENTS DECIDED THAT WOMEN SHOULD RECEIVE THE SAME DEGREE
AS MEN. THEY ALSO DECIDED TO “HONOR”
PRESIDENT CHADBOURNE BY NAMING A BUILDING AFTER HIM!
THE FIRST ALL-WOMEN DORMITORY, CHADBOURNE HALL.
WOMEN OFFICIALLY RECEIVED FULL CO-EDUCATIONAL STATUS IN 1874,
AND BEGAN TAKING CLASSES WITH MEN.
THEY STARTED WORKING IN BIOLOGY LABS, AND STUDYING GEOLOGY.
AT LAST, WOMEN HAD THEIR CHANCE TO DELVE INTO SCIENCE. ONE OF OUR ALUMNAE BECAME THE
FIRST WOMAN GEOLOGIST IN THE U.S. FLORENCE BASCOM, DAUGHTER
OF FORMER UW PRESIDENT JOHN BASCOM.
THE WORK OF ANOTHER ALUMNA, BACTERIOLOGIST ALICE EVANS, LED
TO ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCES IN PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE
20TH CENTURY – PASTEURIZED MILK. AT THE UW, WOMEN IN SCIENCE WERE
HERE TO STAY. THE FIRST KNOWN AFRICAN AMERICAN
WOMAN GRADUATED FROM THE UW IN 1918.
MABEL WATSON RAIMEY WAS FIRED FROM HER FIRST JOB AS A TEACHER
BECAUSE SHE WAS BLACK. SHE WENT ON TO BECOME THE
STATE’S FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYER. SOON OTHER UW WOMEN FOLLOWED IN
HER FOOTSTEPS. WOMEN LIKE VEL PHILLIPS, THE
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO GRADUATE FROM THE UW LAW SCHOOL,
AND THE FIRST WOMAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN TO BE ELECTED TO
MILWAUKEE’S COMMON COUNCIL. PHILLIPS CHAMPIONED FAIR HOUSING
AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND WENT ON TO BECOME MILWAUKEE’S FIRST FEMALE
JUDGE AND WISCONSIN’S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN JUDGE.
WE NAMED A RESIDENCE HALL AFTER HER.
IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE COLLEGIATE EXPERIENCE, UW WOMEN
EXCELLED. THEY PROVED THEIR STRENGTH IN
PHYSICAL EDUCATION. AND SHOWED THEIR APTITUDE FOR 3D
DESIGN. WOMEN PARTICIPATED IN SPORTS
LIKE BASKETBALL AS EARLY AS 1900.
ALL ACROSS CAMPUS, WOMEN PURSUED THEIR PASSIONS.
THEY DIDN’T HOLD BACK ON HAVING FUN.
AND STILL DON’T. BUT UW WOMEN ALSO TOOK LIFE
SERIOUSLY. DURING WORLD WAR II, IN THE ARMY
NURSE CORPS, SIGNE SKOTT COOPER SAW THAT NURSES WERE MUCH MORE
THAN “PHYSICIAN’S HANDMAIDENS.” SHE DEVOTED 60 YEARS TO NURSING
EDUCATION AT UW, AND SUPPORTED A 21ST CENTURY VISION FOR THE
SCHOOL OF NURSING. THE THEATER WAS THE STAGE FOR A
DIFFERENT BATTLE – CIVIL RIGHTS. ALUMNA LORRAINE HANSBERRY’S
AWARD-WINNING DRAMA, “A RAISIN IN THE SUN,” BECAME THE FIRST
PLAY BY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO BE PRODUCED ON
BROADWAY. IN THE ARTS, UW WOMEN
TRANSFORMED MODERN DANCE. MARGARET D’HOUBLER FOUNDED THE
FIRST ACADEMIC DANCE DEPARTMENT IN THE NATION.
ZONA GALE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO RECEIVE THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR
DRAMA. GERDA LERNER FOUNDED THE
NATION’S FIRST GRADUATE PROGRAM IN WOMEN’S HISTORY.
ADA DEER WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD A TRIBAL NATION AND THE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.
THE FIRST FEMALE DRUM MAJOR IN THE BIG TEN WAS UW’S DEE
WILLEMS. THE FIRST WOMAN AND YOUNGEST
PERSON TO HEAD A BIG TEN UNIVERSITY POLICE FORCE: SUE
RISELING. THE FIRST FEMALE CHANCELLOR IN
THE BIG TEN? UW-MADISON’S DONNA SHALALA.
BIDDY MARTIN WAS UW’S SECOND FEMALE CHANCELLOR, AND NOW, ME.
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE FIRSTS FOR UW WOMEN!
AND, WHEN IT COMES TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS?
BADGER WOMEN WIN!! LOOKING BACK, WE REALIZE HOW FAR
UW WOMEN HAVE COME IN 150 YEARS. WHERE WILL YOU GO NEXT?
FORWARD! AND ON WISCONSIN! [ MUSIC ]
(APPLAUSE)>>CHANCELLOR:I LOVE THAT VIDEO. NOW FOR THE CONFERRAL OF
DEGREES. I CALL UPON WILLIAM KARPUS, DEAN
OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.>>DEAN KARPUS:
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, DOCTOR OF
MUSICAL ARTS, AND MASTER OF FINE ARTS WILL PLEASE RISE. CHANCELLOR BLANK.
>>CHANCELLOR: DEAN KARPUS.
>>DEAN KARPUS: THESE SCHOLARS HAVE DEVOTED
SIGNIFICANT TIME TO GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH. IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE DEFENDED
THESES OR PRESENTED EXHIBITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY
FACULTY COMMITTEES AS SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
SIGNIFYING SCHOLARLY OR PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN
THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS. THEY ARE PRESENTED FOR THE
HIGHEST ACADEMIC RECOGNITION IN THEIR FIELDS GIVEN BY THE
UNIVERSITY — THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, DOCTOR OF MUSICAL
ARTS OR MASTER OF FINE ARTS.>>CHANCELLOR:
ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I CONFER ON YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR
OF PHILOSOPHY, DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS, OR MASTER OF FINE ARTS.
IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS.
CANDIDATES WILL PLEASE BE SEATED UNTIL THE MARSHALS INSTRUCT YOU TOWARDS THE PLATFORM.
CONGRATULATIONS. (APPLAUSE) (BAND PLAYING PROCESSIONAL
MUSIC) (READING GRADUATE NAMES)>>CHANCELLOR:
I NOW CALL UPON ROBERT GOLDEN, DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
AND PUBLIC HEALTH.>>DEAN GOLDEN:
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES DOCTOR OF MEDICINE, DOCTOR OF
PHYSICAL THERAPY, MASTER OF GENETIC COUNSELOR STUDIES,
MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES, AND MASTER OF PUBLIC
HEALTH WILL PLEASE RISE. (APPLAUSE) CHANCELLOR BLANK.
>>CHANCELLOR: DEAN GOLDEN.
>>DEAN GOLDEN: THESE SCHOLARS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSES OF STUDY IN
MEDICINE, PHYSICAL THERAPY, MEDICAL GENETICS, PHYSICIAN
ASSISTANT STUDIES, OR PUBLIC HEALTH.
UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF
MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH, I PRESENT THESE CANDIDATES FOR
DEGREES.>>CHANCELLOR:
ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF
MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I
CONFER ON YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF MEDICINE, DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL
THERAPY, MASTER OF GENETIC COUNSELOR STUDIES, MASTER OF
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES, OR MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH.
IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS. PLEASE PROCEED TO THE PODIUM AS
DIRECTED. (BAND PLAYING PROCESSIONAL
MUSIC) (READING GRADUATE NAMES)>>CHANCELLOR:
I NOW CALL UPON DIANA HESS, DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION.
>>DEAN HESS: CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WILL
PLEASE RISE. CHANCELLOR BLANK.
>>CHANCELLOR: DEAN HESS.
>>DEAN HESS: THESE SCHOLARS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE OF STUDY IN
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY. UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, I PRESENT THESE
CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES.>>CHANCELLOR:
ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF
EDUCATION AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I CONFER ON
YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.
IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS. PLEASE BE SEATED. I NOW CALL UPON KARL SCHOLZ,
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE.
>>DEAN SCHOLZ:WILL THE CANDIDATE FOR THE DEGREE OF
DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGIST PLEASE RISE?
CHANCELLOR BLANK.>>CHANCELLOR:
DEAN SCHOLZ.>>DEAN SCHOLZ:
THESE SCHOLARS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF
THE COURSE OF STUDY IN AUDIOLOGY.
UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF
LETTERS AND SCIENCE, I PRESENT THESE CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES.
>>CHANCELLOR: ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE AND UNDER
THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
BOARD OF REGENTS, I CONFER ON YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF
AUDIOLOGY. IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL
RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS. PLEASE BE SEATED.
(APPLAUSE) I NOW CALL UPON LINDA SCOTT,
DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING.>>DEAN SCOTT:
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE WILL PLEASE
RISE. CHANCELLOR BLANK.
>>CHANCELLOR: DEAN SCOTT.
>>DEAN SCOTT: THESE SCHOLARS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE OF STUDY IN NURSING
PRACTICE. UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING, I PRESENT THESE
CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES.>>CHANCELLOR:
ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I CONFER ON YOU THE
DEGREE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE.
IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS.
CANDIDATES PLEASE BE SEATED. (APPLAUSE) I NOW CALL UPON STEVEN SWANSON,
DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF PHARMACY.>>DEAN SWANSON:
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF PHARMACY WILL PLEASE RISE. CHANCELLOR BLANK.
>>CHANCELLOR: DEAN SWANSON.
>>DEAN SWANSON: THESE SCHOLARS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE OF STUDY IN PHARMACY.
UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF
PHARMACY, I PRESENT THESE CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES.
>>CHANCELLOR: ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY
GRANTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF
REGENTS, I CONFER ON YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF PHARMACY.
IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS.
PLEASE BE SEATED. (APPLAUSE) I NOW CALL UPON MARK MARKEL,
DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE.>>DEAN MARKEL:
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
AND MASTER OF SCIENCE – COMPARATIVE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
WILL PLEASE RISE. (APPLAUSE)
CHANCELLOR BLANK.>>CHANCELLOR:
DEAN MARKEL.>>DEAN MARKEL:
THESE SCHOLARS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF
THE COURSES OF STUDY IN VETERINARY MEDICINE AND
COMPARATIVE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, I PRESENT
THESE CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES.>>CHANCELLOR:
ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF
VETERINARY MEDICINE AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS, I CONFER ON
YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE OR MASTER OF
SCIENCE-COMPARATIVE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.
IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS.PLEASE BE
SEATED UNTIL THE MARSHALS IN-STRUCK YOU TO PROCEED.
AND CONGRATULATIONS TO CALL. (APPLAUSE) (BAND PLAYING PROCESSIONAL
MUSIC) SCHOOL OF PHARMACY. (READING GRADUATE NAMES) COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE (READING GRADUATE NAMES) SCHOOL OF EDUCATION. (READING GRADUATE NAMES) SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE.
(READING GRADUATE NAMES) (APPLAUSE)>>CHANCELLOR:
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR GRADUATES AND THANK YOU TO THE
FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WHOSE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT MADE
THIS PROUD DAY POSSIBLE. GOOZ
LUCK TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU — GOOD LUCK TO EVERY SINGLE
ONE OF YOU, AND ON, WISCONSIN. (APPLAUSE) TO CONCLUDE OUR CELEBRATION,
PLEASE JOIN PROFESSOR LECKRONE AND THE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF
MUSIC BAND IN SINGING ‘VARSITY.’ ‘VARSITY.’WE HAVE ALL GOT TO
STAND UP FOR THIS! VARSITY! VARSITY! U RAH RAH! WISCONSIN, PRAISE TO THEE WE SING!
WE SING! PRAISE TO THEE, OUR ALMA MATER, U RAH RAH! WISCONSIN! (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) (RECESSIONAL MUSIC)

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