||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Student to Give Address|
During Summer Commencement
MAILED: July 31, 1998|
John Lewensten will be the student speaker for the summer commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 8, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Lewensten, Arden Hills, Minn., will graduate Saturday with a bachelor of arts degree in communication and journalism, with an emphasis on public relations.
"School's been a long haul for me and I think this will be a great way to end my work, my undergraduate work that is," he said.
Following graduation, Lewensten will work for Carmichael Lynch Spong, a public relations firm based in Minneapolis. He also plans to attend graduate school next spring, although he hasn't decided where he will be going.
For now, he's concentrating on his upcoming graduation and trying not to get too anxious about his speech.
"I'm nervous," he said. "I'm not sure yet at what point on the (nervousness) scale I am. Right now it's at a 3 or 4, but when I get up to give my speech, it'll be a 10."
Lewensten said his speech mentions the past, present and future of his graduating class.
He wrote the speech as an assignment for an advanced public speaking class he had a few years ago, he said. The speech went over well and when it came time for students to apply to speak at graduation, he decided to give it a try.
Although the details of his speech are known only to a few, no will be more surprised by the speech than his parents. They don't even know he's been chosen as the speaker and Lewensten's not breathing a word.
"Hopefully, they'll be happy," he said. "No, they'll be really proud."
"My parents have helped me a lot. I (got through school) a lot for myself, but I also did it for them," he said.
And giving the speech is the perfect way to thank everyone, parents included, who has helped him work his way through his education, he said.
"It gives me the opportunity to share my feelings about what the school, my friends and family have done for me," he said.
With his UW-Eau Claire degree firmly in hand, he'll be off to a great start on his future, Lewensten said.
"Overall, my experience at UW-Eau Claire has been wonderful," he said. "Eau Claire has been really influential on my life and it's been a stepping stone for my future."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: August 3, 1998