197th commencement concludes sesquicentennial
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville concluded its sesquicentennial celebration with commencement on Dec. 17. Approximately 700 candidates crossed the stage. The day began at 9 a.m. with the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture ceremony. The College of Liberal Arts and Education and Graduate Studies ceremony was held at 12:30 p.m., and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science ceremony was held at 4 p.m. All ceremonies took place in the Williams Fieldhouse.
“Today marks the close of an important chapter in your lives and the beginning of another,” said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “Our hope is that you gained that respect for yourself and for others during your time here at UW-Platteville. Now, I ask that you continue to show respect, this time to the community of which you, graduates, are about to enter.”
Kristina Williams, an animal science major from Marengo, Illinois served as the senior speaker for the BILSA ceremony. Professor Emeritus of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dr. Theodore Goodfriend gave the principal speaker address. Associate Professor of dairy and animal science Dr. Tera Montgomery was selected to serve as this ceremony’s marshal.
The LAE and Graduate Studies ceremony began with senior speaker Kristen Kopp, a psychology major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. UW-Platteville 1988 alumna Julie Piper served as the principal speaker for this ceremony. Dr. Joan Riedle, professor of psychology, served as the marshal for this ceremony.
Greenfield, Wisconsin native Sandra Polakowski served as the senior speaker for the EMS ceremony. UW-Platteville 2000 alumna Jamie Stock gave the principal speaker address. Dr. Lynn Schlager, professor of mechanical engineering, was selected as this ceremony’s marshal.
“Each and every one of you has a responsibility as a Pioneer to make a difference moving forward. Use your minds and your words and your deeds to truly make a difference in this world,” said Chancellor Shields. “By respecting yourself, respecting others and respecting your community, you can make a powerful impact in the world. Your alma mater has great confidence in your ability to make that impact.”
Written by: Emalydia Flenory, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194, firstname.lastname@example.org