Congratulations, UWM Class of 2018!

Among the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s more than 3,300 graduates are countless amazing stories. In this video, you’ll hear three of them. Congratulations to the entire UWM Class of 2018!

Abbey Palmer’s UWM journey began with a car crash that left her unable to continue her career as a massage therapist. She decided to pursue her love of languages and linguistics at UWM. And that opened up a world of possibility and adventure.

Little by little, task by task, Dakota Crowell is finding ways to make the world a better place. He helped create a food pantry on campus, used his internship at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to help make railroad trail crossings safer, completed his degree in urban studies and has built a strong resume as a changemaker.

Sandra Plascencia has faced plenty of obstacles in life already. Born in Mexico as the youngest of eight children, and without much financial support, Plascencia became the first from her family to go to college. An internship at the Department of Health and Human Services in Waukesha cemented her desire to help others through social work.