Stritch’s winter commencement ceremony was held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee.
More than 480 Stritch students received their degrees, and approximately 315 students (including a few August graduates) participated in the commencement ceremony.
The day’s events began with a special Baccalaureate Mass and brunch for graduating students.
Dr. Earnestine Willis was both commencement speaker and honorary degree in humane letters recipient from the University. Read Dr. Willis' commencement remarks.
Dr. Willis is a general pediatrician with the primary appointment of Kellner Professor in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She also serves as director of the Division of Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships in the Institute of Health & Society. She has devoted much of her life to advocating for children's health and is the founder and director of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children. Through her efforts, she is a champion of Stritch’s Franciscan values.
Matthew Seipel served as the student speaker for the commencement ceremony. Read Seipel's commencement remarks.
Seipel is a B.A. degree candidate and Stritch Honors Scholar. As an active member of the Psychology Club and Veteran Student Organization, he has participated in many fundraisers and service projects throughout the Milwaukee area. Seipel says his greatest service was enlisting in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in May 2012. He looks forward to beginning a professional career in counseling and plans to work with veterans and their families.