Vol. 14 No. 11
June 3, 2019
Our Stories
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
Graduation at Edgewood College
Differing Expectations
(Part 1 of 2)
By Jonathan Gramling
Graduation Issue
Editor's Corner
by Jonathan Gramling      
At Last! Graduation ...
While almost all of the editions of The Hues are done in two-week cycles — meaning that most of the reporting, writing, layout and ad sales — The Hues Graduation
issue is started in early to the middle of April by contacting the Dane County high schools to see if they have any candidates for The Hues Row of Excellence, which
is the special insert into this paper. For the Madison, Sun Prairie and Middleton high schools plus Edgewood High School, I go out to each school 2-3 times to work
with the students and take their photos. This year, my last school visit was Friday, May 31st and somehow The Hues Row of Excellence was ready to go to print by
Monday morning.

None of this would be possible without the deeply appreciated help of the multicultural services coordinators in the Madison schools and guidance counselors in the
other schools. None of them get paid to help the paper out and so I try as hard as I can to flex around whatever is going on in their schools — and sometimes in their
personal lives.

The Hues Row of Excellence honors the academic achievements of graduating seniors of color from Dane County High Schools with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. How
do they get identified? By what they put down for race or ethnicity when they enroll at their schools. It’s completely voluntary and I immediately support the student’s
decision when they choose not to. I don’t try to talk them into anything, although I do make a positive “elevator” sales pitch when I speak with the students.

And not every student choses to be a part of it and that is okay. But I am glad that 366 students decided to be a part of the feature this year. That was a whole lot of
photos and whole lot of write-ups, which you will see when you read through this year’s Row.  --
experience, especially the last week, and I always tell close friends this is the last one and I wonder why the heck I put myself through it.

But then, when it gets printed and distributed — and people say, ‘Oh what a beautiful edition’ — you kind of forget the pain until it all starts
over next year.
It has been a magnificent obsession in a ways, putting together this graduation issue. It is an issue, in
some ways, I am glad only comes out once per year. While I will never know what it is like to give
birth to a child, putting this issue together brings me pretty close. It is a long, sometimes painful
UW PEOPLE Scholar Coty Weathersby
Leads a Stellar Group off Graduates in
The Hues Graduation Issue
Vang Honored for
Excellence in
Diversity at
Madison College
Hmong Student
Becomes Advocate
for Others
From Madison
by Dr. John Y. Odom
Faculty Chair honors director of
ABHMS partnering ministry
From American Baptist Home Mission
Society Community Outreach Ministries