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Lakeland University will award degrees to nearly 700 students on Saturday at the institution’s 156th commencement.

A total of 698 students are eligible to graduate, including 484 undergraduates and 214 graduate students. A graduate student ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., undergraduates from the evening and online programs will graduate in a 1 p.m. ceremony and graduates from the main campus program will graduate in a 4 p.m. ceremony. The ceremonies are held in the Woltzen Gym in the Wehr Center on Lakeland’s main campus.

Each ceremony will be streamed live via the internet at

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Lakeland offers classes at its main campus in Sheboygan County and through its Evening, Weekend & Online program with seven centers in Wisconsin.

Speakers at the three ceremonies will be Marie Martin, director of global education and services at Fox Valley Technical College; Kim Henning, pastor at Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Two Rivers; and Laura Kohler, senior vice president-human resources, stewardship and sustainability at Kohler Co.

Martin will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Henning and honorary Doctor of Divinity and Kohler an honorary Doctor of Laws.

At FVTC, Martin oversees international partnerships, study abroad for students and faculty, global trade education programs on campus and in businesses, training in foreign languages and cultures for technical professionals and English Language Learning programs.

Prior to her position at FVTC, Martin taught at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University in Chicago and at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the College of Business. She served as principal of The Multicultural Management Institute, providing training and consulting for organizations expanding in the areas of diversity management and global business relations.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree and master’s in linguistics from The Institute of Foreign Languages in Moscow, Russia, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in Slavic studies from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Henning graduated from Lakeland in 1978 and received his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 1982.  Prior to serving Grace Congregational UCC, he served Lake View UCC in Lake View, Iowa. He is married with three children.

At Kohler, Laura Kohler oversees the company’s worldwide human resources organization and leads Kohler’s stewardship and sustainability programs. In this capacity, she drives Kohler’s global corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies, which include a focus on community partnerships, corporate and associate giving, disaster relief and Kohler’s journey to net positive.

She also oversees Kohler’s renowned Arts/Industry program, and has served on Kohler’s Board of Directors since 1999. Kohler began working summer jobs at Kohler Co. during high school. Since returning in 1995, she served as vice president of communications and then vice president of human resources.

She serves as board chair of Outward Bound USA, the Kohler Trust for the Arts & Education and the Kohler Trust for Preservation. She also is a board member for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and The Actors Center in New York City and a trustee at Lawrence University.

She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University and her master’s degree in fine arts from the Catholic University of America. She is married with three children.

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