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UWFox Hosts 2006 Commencement Ceremony

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting its 2006 Commencement Ceremony and Awards Program on Friday, May 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the campus Fieldhouse. Campus Executive Officer and Dean Jim Perry is serving as the master of ceremonies, with Bradley J. Priebe, attorney at law and UWFox alumnus, featured as the guest speaker.

Over 170 students will be recognized as degree recipients at this year’s event. For first time, students will be receiving bachelor’s degrees at the UWFox commencement ceremony as part of the engineering collaborative degree program that the Menasha campus enjoys with UW-Platteville. Three students will be presented with their Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, through the Fox Valley Engineering program. The fourth student graduating from the program this spring chose to receive his degree at the ceremony held in Platteville on May 13.

Nick Hergert, Craig Wiedenhaupt, Larry Czarnecki, Mark Guard

UW-Platteville Chancellor David Markee, as well as the Dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Richard Shultz are expected to be on hand to personally present Mark Guard (Menasha), Larry Czarnecki (Clintonville), and Craig Wiedenhaupt (Kaukauna) with the mechanical engineering degree. Nick Hergert (Butte des Morts) will be out of town and unable to attend.

Other UWFox students who are graduating and attending the ceremony will have the Associate of Arts and Science degree conferred them in front of hundreds of family members, friends, and the campus’ faculty and staff.

A number of local community and political leaders are traditionally in attendance to see the ceremony and to applaud the graduates and numerous other students who will be receiving academic department awards and departing student scholarships. Several faculty and staff members will be recognized with special awards, as well.

After attending UWFox, Priebe transferred to UW-Oshkosh where earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to attain his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law and spent eight years as a prosecutor in the Winnebago County District Attorney’s office and two years in a similar role within the Outagamie County DA’s office.

While UWFox can claim numerous alums and former students who have gone on to very successful careers, Priebe may be the only alum to have become a judge. WI Governor Jim Doyle appointed him in 2004 to complete the term of retiring Judge James Bayorgeon. Priebe was sworn into office on October 15, 2004 taking his seat on the Outagamie County Circuit Court Branch 1 bench between October 18, and July 31, 2005, when his appointed term expired.

Upon leaving the bench, he entered into private practice with the law firm of Kohler, Hart and Priebe. His office is located in Appleton. He credits the quality of his education at UWFox for helping him achieve his educational and professional goals, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the campus.

For more information about the UWFox 2006 Commencement program, contact the Office of University Relations at 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 5/19/2006