MATC to Graduate More Than 800 Students in Virtual Commencement Dec. 11

Ceremony Also to Air on Milwaukee PBS Dec. 19

Ginny Gnadt, Public Relations Coordinator, gnadtv@MATC.EDU

December 10, 2020

MILWAUKEE --  Milwaukee Area Technical College will graduate more than 800 students in a virtual Winter 2020 Commencement which will be made available for viewing at beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. It also will be broadcast by Milwaukee PBS Channel 10.1 at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 

The decision to hold a virtual rather than in-person ceremony was made as MATC continues to prioritize health and safety amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

Students will graduate from associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and adult high school programs. Each student has been asked to upload photos or video messages to be inserted into the ceremony. 

The keynote speaker is Raquel Filmanowicz, who recently took a leave of absence from her job at BMO Harris Bank to serve as the CEO of the 2020 DNC Host Committee, the nonpartisan organization responsible for organizing the civic activities of the convention. Now back at BMO, she is director of the bank’s Economic Equity Advisory Group. Previously, she served as BMO’s director of U.S. community affairs. She also has previously served as the health operations administrator and health communications officer for the City of Milwaukee Health Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Cardinal Stritch University and a certificate in corporate community involvement from Boston College.

Other speakers include Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president, who also will officially confer the degrees; and Tammy Jo Scholler, who is graduating with an associate degree in human service. A recipient of the MATC Promise for Adults scholarship, Scholler is the first president of MATC’s Black, Indigenous and People of Color -- or BIPOC -- Allies student organization. 

Watch the commencement at beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; or on Milwaukee PBS Channel 10.1 at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.  

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and one of the most diverse two-year institutions in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Nearly 35,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers more than 150 academic programs; and transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with more than 35 four-year colleges and universities. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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