More than 900 students earned degrees Sunday as Lakeland College celebrated its 152nd commencement.
The college awarded diplomas to 949 graduates, including 633 undergraduates and 316 graduate students. Nearly 450 students were part of a crowd of more than 3,000 people attending the ceremony, held Sunday afternoon in the college's Wehr Center.
The undergraduate group included 208 students who attended classes at Lakeland's main campus and 425 students who completed Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online program at one of seven centers around Wisconsin.
Jeffrey Selingo, an award-winning author, columnist and speaker who has spent nearly 20 years as a journalist covering colleges and universities worldwide, delivered the commencement address. Selingo is the author of "College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students," which explores how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn and what skills will lead to success in the job market.
Selingo told Sunday's graduates that while their college education was ending, the opportunities to learn were just beginning. He referred to the ability to adapt in today's ever-changing economy and job market as the "killer app."
"In the 21st century, where the jobs of tomorrow haven't even been dreamed of yet, learning never ends," he said.
Selingo told the students that the best way to tackle the future is to become masters of "learning, unlearning and re-learning."
Tess Myklebust, of Wisconsin Dells, spoke on behalf of the class. She graduated with honors with a double major in business management and marketing and was named winner of the college's prestigious Koehler Campus Senior Award.
"When I was a junior in high school and looking for colleges, I never would have thought I would be signing myself up for such a wonderful experience," Myklebust said. "Lakeland has surrounded me with so many positive opportunities. At Lakeland, we were not just a number, we were valued learners with names and faces that were remembered."
See photos and Twitter posts from the 152nd commencement here.