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UWL Spring Commencement prepares students for their next step

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse held their Spring Commencement on Sunday, with the class of 2018 spending their final moments as university students.

1,641 graduates took their final steps as eagles and their first steps into the next chapter in their lives. Whether that next chapter is looking for a job or continuing their education, just because they are done with school does not mean they are done learning.

"When you think about how things have changed in just the last 20 years as far as technology and advances there, our students they have to be ready for the next 20 years and that means they have to continue to learn, continue to grow, and I think we give them the tools to do that," UWL Chancellor Joe Gow describes.

While UWL provides the tools for graduates to be successful in future endeavors it takes a commitment from students to utilize them.

"La Crosse has been awesome in preparing me in so many different avenues," UWL Class of 2018 graduate Jena Van Marel explains.

"I was a vanguard on campus, so the campus tour guides, I was prepared in that avenue with communication. Just thinking about my random roommate, how we get along with people, working at a restaurant over my time here, just how I am able to prepare myself for the real world," Van Marel continues. 

UWL will continue to prepare students with their first session of summer classes beginning May 21.

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