Faculty and staff gathered for coffee, donuts, updates and perspectives with UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven and Provost Michael Alexander. The remarks, presentations and discussions were recorded live so that colleagues from all campus locations could attend in person or remotely. The recording is available linked with timestamps for agenda items below.
Welcome, Introduction & Land Acknowledgement Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven Video Timestamp 0:00
Chancellor’s Update: State of the University Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven Video Timestamp 1:27
Perspectives on Higher Education: The Future Student Body and the Role of Regional Comprehensive Universities
Provost Michael Alexander Video Timestamp 17:35
As we continue to grow as a University, we need to make adjustments to serve our students. An area that is impacted by our continual growth is Commencement. For a myriad of reasons we will be expanding to two ceremonies on Saturday, May 16 in the Kress Events Center.
Ceremony I: 9:30 a.m.
Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Ceremony II: 2:00 p.m.
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
College of Health, Education & Social Welfare
All Associate Degrees from all four campuses
There is space for 750 students on the floor. We have had over 700 participants the last two years out of over 900 students eligible to walk. If a higher percentage of students wish to walk, there is not space for them.
This also allows us to lift ticketing restrictions for students, so that they may invite more guests than the previous limit of 4.
Last year’s spring ceremony was over 3 hours long. Some parents and family members arrive 1-1.5 hours early to get seating, making their stay 4+ hours. With this change, each ceremony is estimated to last around 90 minutes, much more reasonable for students, families, and faculty/staff.
A smaller group of students for each ceremony allows the University to utilize stronger/larger chairs. Chair size/quality has been a concern voiced the last few years.This change for Commencement will be positive for students, faculty, and staff and will be in line with current best practices in higher education. Faculty will only need to participate in the ceremony that their college has students graduating. Graduate students will be hooded with the college in which their program is based. Thank you for your support. More information will be coming out in the near future.