Seventy undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors, the Rader School of Business and the School of Nursing will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Fall Commencement, Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Kern Center.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address from MSOE Regent G. Woodrow “Woodie” Adkins. Adkins also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree.

Paula Bohl is the class respondent. Bohl is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Laura Matthew, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, will receive the Alumni Association Award. The award which is given to a student who has made time in his or her hectic schedule to serve as a leader in university and community activities in addition to achieving academic excellence. Recipients are first nominated by faculty members in their respective academic departments and then the entire graduating class selects from among its peers the student who is most deserving of this prestigious award.

About Woodie Adkins:

Woodrow “Woodie” Adkins received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education and economics from the University of Maryland. After graduation he joined Swift and Company, one of the largest meat industry companies, where he became vice president of marketing and sales for branded product. He was recruited to Wisconsin as president of a $20 million meat business that grew to $250 million. Following that period, he was majority owner of two manufacturing companies and co-founder of an investment fund.

Adkins is an MSOE Regent and the first chair of the Uihlein/Spitzer Center for Entrepreneurship at MSOE Rader School of Business since 2004. He assists the faculty in developing programs and courses as a resource for students and alumni in their entrepreneurial endeavors. He enjoys interacting with students and sharing lessons learned from his business experiences.

Currently Adkins is a managing partner of FCF Funds L.P., a private equity fund that invests in manufacturing companies, and manages his own private investment entity, Adkins Holdings LLC. He is a current member of the International Chief Executives Organization (CEO), past chairman of Wisconsin YPO, and a previous director of International Young Presidents Organization. His interests outside of business include activities with family and friends, motorcycle touring and upland game hunting.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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