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UW-Stevens Point starts new graduation tradition

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Some graduation traditions are more than a hundred years old. Others are brand new. For UW-Stevens Point, December graduation marked the start of a new tradition.

After the graduates received their diplomas, they lined up to touch the miniature wooden cupola, an iconic symbol of the university. From now on the students will first touch the cupola as freshmen at convocation and then one last time as seniors at graduation.

"I predict 100 years from now, students will still be walking across a stage and they will do what you do today," said UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson. "None of us will be there to see it then, but I know in my heart we are building a university for the future."

The graduates say the cupola now means so much more.

"I think it's a new tradition that's really neat," said Katlyn Mayville. "I hope it carries on because it brings year to year together."

UW Stevens Point graduated 696 students total.

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