UWM graduates finally celebrate on stage and in person

Three classes of graduates finally got to do something that the pandemic stole from them – walking across the stage at the UWM Panther Arena and basking in the joy and pride of their families, friends and peers.

About 750 students who graduated in 2020 and May 2021 could only have commencement virtually because of pandemic restrictions. But in a special recognition ceremony April 10, they gathered in person to celebrate with all the usual pomp and circumstance.

Chancellor Mark Mone noted how special the occasion was.

“What it comes down to is this day, it comes down to this opportunity to celebrate and recognize the culmination of all of that hard work,” Mone said. “We always wanted to be able to do something more. We’re very fortunate to be able to plan this and put this together.”