March 25, 2023

Announcing the 2023 commencement speaker

Dr. Atiera Coleman’10 has accepted the senior class officers’ invitation to be the college’s 2023 Commencement speaker in celebration of her leadership advocating for social change.

Dr. Atiera Coleman'10 Dr. Atiera Coleman’10
Credit: Howard Korn’87
In her influential work as a Rock County (Wis.) equity manager, Dr. Atiera Coleman’10 embeds policies in the county’s administrative structure and services to ensure equitable access for everyone the county serves.

“It is a tremendous honor and truly humbling to be entrusted with imparting words of wisdom and inspiration to such a bright and accomplished group of students,” Coleman says.

As a Beloit student, Coleman was a Wisconsin Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participant (WiscAMP) and a McNair Scholar, experiences that helped lay the groundwork for her pursuit of a Ph.D. in sociology.

Coleman is also a valued former college staff member. She served as associate dean for Student Success, Equity, and Community (SSEC) and co-directed the Weissberg Program in Human Rights & Social Justice. She also led the McNair Scholars Program, oversaw TRIO programs for disadvantaged students at Beloit, and was a partner on the college’s Anti-Racism Liaison team. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The 173rd Beloit College Commencement will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2023, on the Middle College lawn.


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