Jeremy Pittenger
University Communications

George Williams College of Aurora University celebrates 2022 spring commencement

Ted Parge, former executive vice president, receives honorary degree

WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. (May 11, 2022) – George Williams College of Aurora University (GWC) celebrated the accomplishments of 140 graduates during its spring commencement ceremony on May 6 in the Ferro Pavilion.

During the ceremony, Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick, president, conferred 52 baccalaureate degrees for the Class of 2022. Degrees included Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Social Work. Eighty-eight graduates earned master’s and doctoral degrees during the graduate ceremony. Degrees were awarded in business, education, public administration and social work.

The honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, was awarded to Ted Parge, former executive vice president of Aurora University. Parge was recognized in part for helping build arts programs at the university, including GWC’s Music by the Lake summer festival. He was also instrumental in making college projects possible, including enhancements to the Beasley Campus Center, Winston Paul Lodge and Ferro Pavilion.

The GWC commencement ceremony is available for replay at

About George Williams College of Aurora University
George Williams College was founded in 1884 by YMCA leaders who sought to educate students for lives of service, with a focus on body, mind and spirit. Today, GWC operates as part of Aurora University, offering undergraduate programs accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through Aurora University. The college is located on 137 wooded acres along the shores of Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake. Visit for more information.


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Ted Parge, former executive vice president of Aurora University