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UW La Crosse graduates 1,518 students

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - 1,518 students are now college graduates. UW La Crosse graduated 1,291 undergrads and 227 graduate students Sunday.

The Spring Commencement took place at the La Crosse center in front of a packed house of family and friends. Chancellor Joe Gow handed out the diplomas.

The 10 a.m. commencement speaker was UW-L senior José Rubio-Zepeda. Rubio-Zepeda grew up in a poor suburb of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and came to the U.S. at age six. He was the first in his family to go to college. At UW-L he participated in programs, conferences, tours and research that made him more aware of the race and immigration issues he lived as a child.

Emily Mitch, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, was the 2 p.m. student speaker. She will graduate with a double major in biology and psychology, in addition to a minor in at-risk child and youth care. She plans to pursue a master of arts in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Mitch has been an active participant and leader in her sorority Alpha Phi, on the women's club hockey team and as a university tour guide, among other activities.

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