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Alverno College will hold its 164th commencement on December 18 as 124 bachelor’s and associate students, 117 master’s candidates and eight doctoral candidates walk across the Pitman Theatre stage to receive their degrees. The graduate ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. and the undergraduate ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m.
This commencement will include the first graduates of Alverno’s Master of Music Therapy and Doctor of Education programs.
Commencement activities for undergraduates will begin on Friday, December 17 with a Baccalaureate Mass at 4:00 p.m. in the Alverno College chapel, followed by a reception for degree candidates and their families. The undergraduate commencement introduction will be given by Courtney Hackstein, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts in Practice and English. The undergraduate invocation will be given by Meredith Jackson, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies. The student address, “The Complimentary Arts of Kindness and Determination,” will be given by Jayna Fischer, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Management. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Austin Floyd, who will receive a Doctorate in Education, and the graduate Benediction will be given by Clarissa Lawrence, who will receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Fischer lives in Jackson, Wis., Floyd is from Sumpter, S. Car., Hackstein lives in Greendale, Jackson is from Oak Creek, and Lawrence is a Milwaukee resident.
About Alverno College
Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College promotes the academic, personal and professional development of its students in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Undergraduate programs for women are offered in more than 60 areas of study, and graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology, school psychology, music therapy, music and liturgy, and business are open to women and men.
A leader in higher education innovation, Alverno has earned international accolades for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, which emphasizes hands-on experience and develops in-demand skills. The college, Wisconsin’s first Hispanic-Serving Institution, ranks among the top schools in the Midwest for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and innovation by U.S. News & World Report. For two years, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education named Alverno the country’s most inspiring college.
Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college.