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Graduation ceremonies May 21; Ruedebusch to give commencement address

May 17, 2016

Hard work and perseverance will pay off for hundreds of students when Nicolet College holds its 47th annual spring graduation on Saturday, May 21.

In all, Nicolet expects to award more than 580 college credentials to more than 470 individuals during the 2015-16 academic year. Many graduates earned multiple college credentials, which include associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

graduation“It’s a milestone in life for each and every one of these individuals,” said Nicolet College President Richard Nelson. “The skills these graduates possess are exactly what they will need to enter the workforce or to continue their education at four-year colleges and universities.”

Ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 21 in the Rhinelander High School Auditorium. The college moved the ceremonies to the high school due to remodeling work in the Learning Resources Center.

The commencement address will be delivered by Carl Ruedebusch, chair of the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Board and president and CEO of Ruedebusch Development and Construction, Inc., a full-service commercial construction and real estate development company located in Madison.

Ruedebusch has been active in the construction industry and economic development community for more than 40 years. He’s also been continuously involved in a wide variety of community organizations, including the Vilas County Northwoods Angels investment group and the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

Ruedebusch has received numerous industry honors and awards for many of the commercial buildings his company has constructed in Wisconsin, primarily in the Madison area and the surrounding 20-state area.

Since its founding in 1985, the company has constructed or developed more than 5 million square feet of commercial space and is a preferred developer for FedEx, having constructed more than three million square feet of FedEx ground buildings across the United States.

“The opportunity to hear from such an innovative and successful entrepreneur on graduation day will be inspiring for everyone,” President Nelson said. “Carl has strong ties to the Northwoods and it’s an honor for the college to have him share his wisdom with Nicolet graduates and their guests on such a special day.”