Students honored at 192nd commencement

May 10, 2014

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — On May 10, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville celebrated its 192nd commencement ceremony to honor the 2014 spring graduates. The day was split into three ceremonies. The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture held commencement at 9 a.m.; the College of Liberal Arts and Education held commencement at 12:30 p.m.; and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science held commencement at 4 p.m. All ceremonies took place in Williams Fieldhouse.

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields addressed parents, faculty and honored guests. “Today’s ceremony would not have been possible without the support and encouragement that you provided the graduates during their academic journey,” he said. “Thank you for helping them, guiding them, and most of all, for believing in them. Your belief in them is the part that they will never forget.”

The 9 a.m. ceremony featured 415 undergraduate candidates for the College of BILSA.

“By taking ownership of opportunity, you have the confidence to knock on whatever door leads to your destiny,” said Chancellor Shields. “As you go forward and confidently knock on those doors, think always about empowering yourself and believe that your own voice and ideas matter and you will continue to uncover your own ways of creating opportunity.”

Patrick Gellings, a biology and pre-chiropractic major from Monroe, Wis., delivered the senior speaker address.

Christine (Durski) Rehfeldt, a 1982 business administration alumna and current director of information technology for IMS Health in Milwaukee, Wis., was the principal speaker.

Charles Brokopp, Douglas Buhler and Francis Friar were honored as the College of BILSA outstanding alumni. Brokopp, a 1971 alumnus, currently works as the director of the Hygiene Lab and is a professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Buhler, a 1979 alumnus, is the director of the Michigan State University AgBioResearch and senior associate for research for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is also the program coordinator for the Project Generating Research and Extension to Meet Economic and Environmental Needs. Friar, a 1969 alumnus, currently serves as the economic development consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

DuWayne Stuelke, a 1964 alumnus and UW-Platteville industrial studies professor emeritus, served as the BILSA commencement marshal.

The College of BILSA valedictorians were Lissa Heidenreich, Tyler Kutz and Megan Schmidt.

The 12:30 p.m. ceremony featured 236 undergraduate candidates for the College of LAE. Kyle Harding, a history major from Geneseo, Ill., gave the senior speaker address. The principal speaker for the ceremony and outstanding alumnus for the College of LAE was Philip Anderson. Anderson is a 1972 alumnus who is currently a professor of secondary education at Queens College in New York City, N.Y.

Dr. Paula Nelson, history professor emerita at UW-Platteville, served as the College of LAE commencement marshal.

The valedictorians for the College of LAE were Olivia Eckhoff, Jenna Mathew and Kristin Rolland.

The 4 p.m. ceremony featured 258 undergraduate candidates for the College of EMS. Emily Hierlmeier, a pre-veterinary and mathematics major from New Berlin, Wis., served as the College of EMS senior speaker. Rayelle Miller, a 2003 alumna currently working as a staff quality project engineer for Kohler Company, served as the College of EMS principal speaker.

Clyde Holverson, a 1987 alumnus who has been associated with UW-Platteville either as a student, an industry supporter or an employee for 33 years, served as the College of EMS commencement marshal.

The valedictorians for the College of EMS were Logan Brecklin, Robinson Flaig and Brian Majerus.

The School of Graduate Studies had 74 candidates, who participated in the college ceremony representing their degree program.

The ceremonies can be viewed on UW-Platteville's Media Services website. Watch for more photo galleries to be posted this week.

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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