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The college awarded diplomas to 832 graduates, including 569 undergraduates and 263 graduate students, at its 149th commencement in May. The undergraduate group includes 223 students graduating from Lakeland's main campus program and 346 students graduating from Lakeland's Kellett School of Adult Education.
Lou Gentine, CEO and chairman of Sargento Foods Inc., delivered the commencement address. He noted that Sargento has employed Lakeland graduates, and he applauded the college for being a valuable local resource. He singled out the graduates of Lakeland's Kellett School for praise, noting that most juggle the obligations of full-time jobs and family with their academic work. "You now have more time to focus on your jobs and your families," Gentine said. "Your degree truly represents a significant personal investment."
Lakeland conferred on Gentine an honorary doctor of laws degree for his professional achievements and outstanding citizenship.
Kim Henning '78, pastor at Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Two Rivers, delivered the sermon at the baccalaureate worship service.
A record crowd of more than 720 graduates and their family and friends attended the Graduation Celebration Banquet on the eve of graduation.
Devon Hay of West Allis received the Robert W. Lope Award, which goes to the Kellett School graduate who has shown unusual persistence, dedication and commitment in the course of earning a bachelor's degree.
Hay earned a degree in early childhood-middle childhood education at Lakeland's Milwaukee Center. She has been legally blind since she was 12, and, after getting news that her vision was getting worse, her goal was to earn her bachelor's degree. During her time as a student, she worked as the director of a day care in Milwaukee, often working 50-60 hours a week in addition to taking classes.