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More than 750 students earned degrees on Sunday as Lakeland College celebrated its 153rd commencement.
The college awarded diplomas to 781 graduates, including 514 undergraduates and 267 graduate students.
Lakeland has classes at its main campus in Sheboygan County and through its Evening, Weekend and Online program with seven centers around Wisconsin.
J. Garland Schilcutt, who is retiring as professor of business administration following this academic year, delivered the undergraduate commencement address.
Schilcutt arrived at Lakeland in 1958 and retires with the longest tenure of any faculty member in the college’s history. He is the architect of all of Lakeland’s business-related academic programs, and served as the college’s first director of its Master of Business Administration program, a position from which he stepped down this past August. He was also an early leader in the college’s Evening, Weekend and Online Program, serving as its dean for a time in the 1990s.
He has won numerous awards and honors over the years, including the 1992 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and being named an honorary Lakeland alumnus in 1988. He is best known to Lakeland alumni for the hours he spent with students outside the classroom, serving as a counselor, mentor and friend.
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