A local business executive and alumnus of the University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will address graduates and their families at the winter
commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Cliff King of Mosinee, a 1983 alumnus and the chief
executive officer of Skyward Inc., will speak to nearly 700 graduates who have
earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The ceremony will be held at
10 a.m. in the UW-Stevens Point Health Enhancement Center.
The student speaker will be Penny Warren, a geoscience
major from Stevens Point. Chancellor Bernie Patterson will give the welcome and
charge to the graduates. The new alumni will be welcomed by Dr. Tom Nikolai, ‘52,
and Fritz Wenzel, ‘56, who both had leadership roles at Marshfield Clinic.
Senior Emily Cihlar of Bevent will sing the national anthem
and UW-Stevens Point’s alma mater. She will be accompanied by the UW-Stevens
Point Wind Band.
Guests may park in any campus lot (for free) except Lot F
West, which will be used for handicap access.
King has worked at Skyward since 1981, first as a
programmer analyst then in several key management positions. He was vice
president of several departments and company president before accepting his
current position in 2008.
He serves on the United Way of Portage County Board and
the St. Michael’s Foundation and is a member of the UW-Stevens Point School of
Business and Economics’ Business Advisory Committee. King also is foundation
chair and board member of the Stevens Point Rotary Club.
King earned his UW-Stevens Point degree in
business administration with minors in economics and computer science. His
wife, Karen, is a 1979 alumna of UW-Stevens Point. His daughter, Megan,
graduated in 2003 and son, Tom, in 2005.