Commencement

Liz White in cap and gown

Liz White: Student Commencement Address

Liz White’s quiet strength has not gone unnoticed. As a sophomore, she was selected by her peers to serve on the board of trustees. Since then she has served as president of the Northland College Student Association, was awarded the Student Life Indelible Mark Award “for her thoughtful leadership and strong passion for Northland College…  Read More …  Read More

Chemistry students with Professor Nick Robertson

Chem Cohort Inch Forward Field of Sustainable Plastics

Four of Northland College’s graduating chemistry majors are pranksters, but their collective research on plastics is anything but a joke. Dylan Hudson, Leah Jaynes, Louis Corcoran, and Tyler Klein have all spent a number of years working together on one of the chemistry department’s ongoing projects, which aims to lessen the impact of plastic products…  Read More …  Read More

Joe Fitzgerald and Randy Lehr drive boat to islands

Fitzgerald: From Plankton Guy to Water Resources Policy Economist

By Marie Zhuikov, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Wisconsin Sea Grant undergraduate student, Joe Fitzgerald, has spent the past two years working with Northland College Professor Randy Lehr collecting plankton. The collection is for Lehr’s research project on the Chequamegon Bay in Lake Superior. Students in the center where Fitzgerald works at the college are…  Read More …  Read More

Student works on adaptive bike

Dohrmann: It's Not About the Money

Choosing a career path was “never about the money” for graduating senior Lynn Dohrmann, who has spent the last four years being of service and providing inclusive opportunities in the outdoors. “I would so much rather be enjoying what I’m doing, than have a lot of money and be miserable,” Dohrmann explained. Growing up in…  Read More …  Read More

Northland sign

Moore to Speak at 105th Commencement

Kathleen Dean Moore, one of the most provocative voices in environmental writing, will be the featured speaker at Northland College’s 105th Commencement. She will also receive an honorary degree as a Doctor of Humane Letters. “Moore’s work brings together the art of the essay, the wisdom of the natural world, and the moral clarity of philosophy…  Read More …  Read More

Students sit outside with plates of food.

Confluence: One Last Chance to Dance


The Northland College student experience begins with the Everybody Party—an inclusive tradition that is listed as a favorite memory among students. Students have now added a fitting ending with a semi-formal event they’ve named the Confluence, the coming together of two streams, or the bringing together of people. The Confluence will feature northern Wisconsin’s premier…  Read More …  Read More

Chaplain David Saetre at podium

“Nature Boy” Saetre Called Back for Encore

As campus minister at Northland College, David Saetre delivered the baccalaureate address to graduating seniors for twenty years. Last year, he retired to teach—and so delivered his last address. Students are now calling him back to the stage. Since 2006, seniors have voted on a faculty member to deliver the last lecture of their undergraduate careers.…  Read More …  Read More

Northland student stands in Lake Superior

Kert's Most Awesome Weekend Adventures

Senior Kert Wuestenhagen embarks on an adventure every weekend—he wants to take in all he can before he graduates in May. He’s tackled a variety of adventures including biking, hiking, climbing, and kayaking. All have led him to some of the most beautiful and thrilling locations in the region, with friends and solo. With spring officially…  Read More …  Read More

Northland College student Kim Oldenborg measures water on a stream.

Oldenborg headed for future in water

For senior Kim Oldenborg, water is more than a life-sustaining resource. Water is her inspiration—academically, personally, and professionally. Initially attracted to Northland College for its proximity to Lake Superior, Oldenborg was excited to begin working as a research technician for the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation in 2013. “I have always felt a sense of…  Read More …  Read More