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Thelma A. Sias

Stritch hosted three in-person Commencement ceremonies May 16

Cardinal Stritch University hosted three in-person Commencement ceremonies celebrating more than 350 members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee May 16.

Stritch Interim President Dr. Daniel J. Scholz conferred the degrees on the graduates. Thelma A. Sias (pictured), a member of the University's Board of Trustees, Sias Group founder and CEO, and former We Energies Vice President for Local Affairs, delivered the keynote address at all three ceremonies.

Sherrie Tussler, executive director of the Hunger Task Force, received an honorary doctorate degree at the College of Undergraduate Studies ceremony. Anne Reed, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society, received an honorary doctorate degree at the College of Graduate Studies ceremony. Tussler and Reed were recognized for their contributions to society and exemplary efforts to build community through their work, which exemplifies the Franciscan values around which Stritch is centered.

“We are excited and grateful that the Stritch family was able to gather in person to celebrate the academic achievement of our graduates,” said Scholz. “Students from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 deserved a memorable occasion to recognize the culmination of their hard work.”

View the ceremonies at these links -

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

College of Undergraduate Studies

College of Graduate Studies

Stritch Commencement

Community members congratulate Stritch graduates

Several community members shared messages of congratulations with Stritch graduates. See the video here.

Light the Hoan recognizes Stritch graduates

To recognize the Stritch Classes of 2020 and 2021, the Hoan Bridge in downtown Milwaukee featured red and white lights Sunday, May 16, as part of the Light the Hoan project. Light the Hoan is making Milwaukee’s future brighter, just like our Stritch graduates! 

Media coverage

FOX 6 coverage

Cardinal Stritch in-person graduation at Panther Arena 

Brhett Vickery interviewed Commencement participants during WakeUp Live 

Cardinal Stritch 2021 graduation - Stritch Interim President Dr. Dan Scholz interview  

Commencement speaker for Cardinal Stritch - Salashia Burns, 2021 Nursing graduate  

In-person graduation for Cardinal Stritch - Aliyah Love-Clark, 2020 Nursing graduate 

Cardinal Stritch University honors the 2020 and 2021 classes -  Commencement Keynote speaker Thelma A. Sias

TMJ4 coverage

Two local universities celebrate graduates in different ways