Graduates line up for Beloit College's 163rd Commencement.
Chief Marshal Shannon Fie leads the Commencement procession. At left, President Scott Bierman's "Beloiter" Nikes are visible beneath his robe.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin with College President Scott Bierman just before the Commencement ceremony begins.
From left (front row) are Jerry Gustafson, professor emeritus (economics), Commencement speaker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, President Scott Bierman, Brock Spencer, professor emeritus (chemistry), John Nicholas, vice president of administration emeritus; (back row): Edward Hoerr, Dick Niemiec, and chariman of the board James Sanger. Hoerr and Niemiec, both former interim presidents of Beloit College, received honorary doctorates, as did Sen. Baldwin.
Students selected U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to address them at Commencement.
Grace Burghoff and her dog Oscar, who marched with her as she accepted her diploma.
College President Scott Bierman congratulates U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin after she receives an honorary doctorate from Beloit College.
A hand puppet named "Timothy theTurtle" (created and operated by graduate Anthony Bostler) helped with opening comments and asked U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin for a hug.
Hannah Warren delivered the 2013 class address, titled: "The Beloit Spark."
A hippie gnome and two iPad toting turtles appeared on Scott and Melody Bierman's lawn the night before Commencement.
Anthony Bostler and his hand puppet, Timothy the Turtle, who made a surprise appearance during the ceremony's opening remarks.
President Bierman applauds Timothy the Turtle (and Anthony Bostler), who helped him wish all the moms in the audience a Happy Mothers Day.
The Beloit College Alumni Association distributed sunglasses to the newest members of their group, the class of 2013.
Jason Busack of Cottage Grove, Wis., received the Warren Miller Blue Skies Award for fostering good cheer and a good-humored perspective during his time at Beloit.
Elizabeth Chiquoine, of Reedsburg, Wis., received the Martha Peterson Prize for best exemplifying Beloit's liberal arts traditions. The prize is named for Beloit's seventh president.
Graduates line up for their turn to cross the stage.
A group watches the ceremony from one of the campus Indian mounds.
2013 graduate Clara Baker, of Portland, Ore., is congratulated by faculty and staff at the conclusion of Commencement.
Members of the class of 2013 Anthony Otey, Bronx, N.Y., and Karla Figueroa of Memphis, Tenn., hold hands as they exit the Commencement stage.