Congrats to our Winter Graduates!

Congratulations to the 325 Lubar students who received their diplomas at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s winter commencement ceremony! Three of our winter grads left us with these thoughts:


Sydney Arickx, BBA

I began working for Rexnord Industries as a student intern and am now an HR Shared Services Representative, where I have responsibilities in onboarding, offboarding, benefits, talent acquisition, and reporting.

My hometown is Rock Falls, Illinois. I chose to go to UWM because I was intrigued by the proximity to downtown and the lake, and I have family nearby. I had heard great things about the Lubar School of Business, and so I thought it would be the perfect fit for me.

I had a great experience at Lubar. I feel like I utilized many available resources that helped me succeed in my courses at Lubar. My advisor Mary and Dan in Career Services played a major role in my journey here at UWM. Lubar offers a variety of courses that allow the students to find and pursue what they are most interested in. Lubar’s environment is very diverse, and I feel as if I learned something different from each one of my professors and classmates. 

I will always cherish my time spent at UWM, and I am excited for the next step in my journey!


Akaylah Hayes, BBA

I am a Milwaukee native who was ecstatic to be enrolled in higher education at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Lubar School of Business. I am a December graduate who studied both marketing and information science and technology.

Being at UWM was everything and more than I expected. I truly enjoyed feeling like I was a part of something as a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. I also had the pleasure to play for UWM’s basketball team. Being a leader on the team taught me a lot about being patient, tenacious, and resilient. It was amazing to travel the nation and meet so many new people. I had the opportunity to continue my career as a professional athlete, but I chose to take a different path.

I now work as a Financial Coach with Northwestern Mutual. This role aligns right with my passions of entrepreneurship and financial education. My mission is to build a sustainable platform and resource for ordinary people to reach and maintain financial freedom through education and lifelong relationships. As my career continues to grow, I plan on spending a lot of time seeing clients, public speaking, growing my network, and starting a new business.


Ryan Thiele, MBA

I am a Logistics Analyst at Case New Holland Industrial (CNH), a global leader in the construction and agriculture equipment sector. I lead the development and implementation of transportation coordination at the Sturtevant, WI and Wichita, KS plants. My primary responsibility is to work closely with the plants for incremental cost-saving strategies through data analysis and key performance indicators.

I pursued my MBA because one of my career objectives is to lead a team of supply chain professionals through coaching and mentoring. I knew an MBA would teach me the necessary skills but also enable me to reach this position more quickly. 

My experience at the Lubar School of Business was unparalleled. The professors apply real-life scenarios resulting in deeper understanding and relevant material. It is extremely easy to relate with the professors since many have been in “our shoes.” Online courses options make it more convenient for students to work and go to school, and mapping out my program with my advisors made it possible to graduate in my desired timeframe.

Lastly, it was great to network with my classmates since there is always a diverse group of individuals in all sorts of professions.