St. Norbert College students celebrate graduation

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DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Thousands of students in our area took the next step in thier lives as graduation ceremonies were held at several area colleges and univerisities over the weekend.

St. Norbert College’s commencement was held on campus Sunday and students were looking ahead to their future.

“I got up on stage and was like, ‘Yes, this is the moment. Let’s do this,'” said co-graduation speaker Alexander Clemetson.

Joy is just one of the words used to describe commencement at St. Norbert college.

Students received their degrees, moved their tassels from right to left and stepped outside, ready to take on the real world.

They may have graduated togheter, but their plans moving forward are diverse.

“I am attending Marquette University.,” said co-graduation speaker Akeem Edmonds. “I have a full ride there, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education.”

“I am doing a summer of youth works in Marvell, Arkansas, and then, in the fall, moving to Marvell, Arkansas to start a male mentoring and community development program, and I’m pursuing a Masters in Community Development myself,” Clemetson said.

Graduate Jackie Watters said, “I actually have a job at Richland Center High School. I’ll be teaching high school English.”

Of course, getting a college education isn’t limited to what you learn in the classroom.

“It’s a part of the college culture,” said Thomas Kunkel, President of St. Norbert College.

“You want them involved in organizations. You make more friends that way, you learn how to network that way and you end up doing more service that way, all of which helps them and helps the school.”

“In our speech we definitely talked about service and being a part of the world around you,” Clemetson said.

And while they may leave St. Norbert’s halls, they’ve developed friendships that will always be with them.

“I’m going to miss a lot of these students, personally,” Kunkel said.

“I’m going to miss them because they’ve been so involved in the school.”

Edmonds said, “With the friendships you create at St. Norbert, I think you get quality people, ones who really care about people regardless of where you are in your life. No matter where we are they will always be there for us.”

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