200th Commencement honors Pioneers

May 12, 2018

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – More than 1,200 students were candidates for graduation during the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 200th commencement May 11-12 in Williams Fieldhouse.

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields told the graduating seniors that the work habits they learned at the university will pave the way for them to become everyday heroes. He cited Southwest Airlines Captain Tammi Jo Shults, who safely landed her plane despite losing an engine; UW-Platteville graduate Kathy Bresnahan, who led her Iowa State West volleyball team to a state title despite the death of her top player; and former UW-Platteville Chancellor Bjarne Ullsvik, who quelled a 1960s student protest by standing on a car on Second Street and talking to students. Those three were ready to make an impact because of the type of people they were every day, every week, every year the chancellor said.

"Whether you know it or not, you can make a difference in the world if you apply the same kind of daily effort toward that end as you did here toward graduation,” Chancellor Shields said. “The things you did every day, big and small, cumulatively enabled you to achieve your goals."

The university held ceremonies for the School of Business and the School of Graduate Studies on May 11. Ceremonies for each of the three colleges were held on May 12, including the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Liberal Arts and Education; and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

UW-Platteville concludes its academic year with finals through May 18. The summer term begins on May 22, and the first day of the 2018-19 fall semester is Sept. 4.

Videos of the ceremonies are archived at https://www.uwplatt.edu/mts/commencement-videos. View more photos on the official UW-Platteville Facebook page.


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