WSC to hold three graduation ceremonies to honor classes of 2020, 2021

WAYNE, Neb. -- Wayne State College will hold three graduation ceremonies on May 8 to celebrate Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 graduates. There will be a ceremony at 10 a.m. to mark the graduation of master’s candidates from the classes of 2020 and 2021. Class of 2021 undergraduate students will graduate at 1 p.m. Class of 2020 bachelor’s degree graduates will be celebrated at 4 p.m. All of the ceremonies will take place in the college’s historic Willow Bowl amphitheater unless inclement weather forces the ceremonies indoors to Rice Auditorium.

The graduate ceremony will confer 212 degrees on students in the college’s Master of Science in Education, Master of Organizational Management, Master of Business Administration, and Education Specialist programs. The event will also mark the graduation of 44 members of the spring and winter 2020 classes who were not able to participate in a ceremony due to COVID-19.

The graduate ceremony will feature master’s candidate Tia Jones of Omaha, Neb., delivering the invocation; Carter “Cap” Peterson delivering greetings from the Nebraska State College System; and remarks by master’s candidates Kelly Legler of Wayne, Neb., and Lisa Ryan of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

The undergraduate ceremony at 1 p.m. will confer 444 undergraduate degrees and will feature bachelor’s candidate Linnea Lee Vogel of Palmer, Neb., delivering the invocation; Carter “Cap” Peterson delivering greetings from the Nebraska State College System; presentation of the State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Dan Miller; recognition of honored retiring faculty Dr. Andrew Alexander, Dr. Vaughn Benson, and Dr. Craig Pease; and remarks by Dr. Vaughn Benson, who is receiving the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award.

The undergraduate ceremony at 4 p.m. will celebrate 86 members of the class of 2020 and will feature greetings from Carter “Cap” Peterson on behalf of the Nebraska State College System; and remarks by Class of 2020 graduates Dwight Brabec of Clarkson, Neb., Sarah Nicole Kreber of Omaha, Neb., and Courtney Schnitzler of Omaha, Neb. The College is holding this special event for students who wished to come back for a graduation ceremony due to the cancellation of the spring 2020 commencement due to COVID-19.

Audience members are encouraged to wear masks at the ceremonies if social distancing is not possible. Tickets will be required for entry to the events if the ceremonies are moved to Rice Auditorium due to weather.