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MATC's Winter Commencement Held Dec. 16 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
Dec. 19, 2016
Milwaukee Area Technical College held its winter commencement Friday, Dec. 16, at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Approximately 700 students graduated from associate degree, technical diploma, apprentice and adult high school programs.
Kristin Gies, executive director of the Mequon Nature Preserve, was the keynote speaker. She oversees the 438-acre facility that draws visits from approximately 12,000 youngsters from Southeast Wisconsin annually, many of whom have never experienced nature before. Gies graduated from MATC in 2002 with an associate degree in landscape horticulture. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia University. Gies also received MATC’s Distinguished Alumna Award at the ceremony. The award is given for professional and personal achievement, community service and leadership.
Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president, officially conferred the degrees; and Kurt D. Wachholz, chairperson of the MATC District Board, addressed the assembly.
Oyun-Erdene Erdenee, who graduated with an associate of arts degree, presented the student speech. Erdenee also received the Outstanding Associate Degree Graduate Award. Lahlasha L. Phillips, who received a cosmetology technical diploma, received the Outstanding Technical Diploma Graduate Award. Jennifer R. Lemon received the Outstanding Adult High School Graduate Award.