UWM celebrates the Class of 2018

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

After arriving at UWM via Iran and Iceland, Ali Bakhshinejad threw himself into research and entrepreneurism. The Student Startup Challenge and I-Corps program fed his business mind, and his research could lead to better treatment for brain aneurysms. And now? He’s considering a few job offers. And he’s found a home in Wisconsin, where he intends to stay.

Four years ago, Milwaukee and UWM seemed very far away for Savannah Huettl. No one in her family had gone to college. Not many people from her small town went off to the big city. A full-tuition scholarship opened doors for her, and four years later, a full-time job at PricewaterhouseCoopers awaits this accounting major.

A photo of 4-year-old Gabriel Yeager with two brooms tied to the back of his battery-powered Jeep foreshadowed his upcoming career in downtown management. While attending UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Yeager landed an internship at a downtown Milwaukee business improvement district. And that led to him being offered a job there before graduation.