UW-Platteville to celebrate 203rd commencement


The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will mark its 203rd commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14. The three ceremonies will take place inside Williams Fieldhouse. The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. The College of Liberal Arts and Education and School of Graduates Studies will hold their ceremonies at 12:30p.m.; and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science will hold its ceremony at 4 p.m.

The College of BILSA’s ceremony will feature 230 candidates. Adam Masters, a building construction management major from Janesville, Wisconsin, has been selected as the senior speaker. Dr. Charles Brokopp ’71 will deliver the principal speaker address. Brokopp spent more than 40 years in public health. Before retiring, he was the director at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and professor of population health sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, former professor in the School of Agriculture, will serve as the commencement marshal. Rebecca Ott, a business administration major from Madison, Wisconsin, is the valedictorian.

The College of LAE will celebrate 142 candidates, including 21 earning associate degrees from the new branch campuses, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County and UW-Platteville Richland. The School of Graduate Studies features 120 candidates. Isabelle Zahn, a criminal justice major from Whitewater, Wisconsin, will lead the senior speaker address. Michael Rafferty ’68 and ’72, an educator of 45 years, was selected as the ceremony’s principal speaker. During his career, Rafferty held educational positions in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Connecticut school districts. He also taught undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education classes.

Political Science Professor Dr. Rosalyn Broussard will serve as the ceremony’s marshal. Broussard, who began teaching at UW-Platteville in 1996 is planning to retire after the fall academic semester. Samantha Putney, a Spanish education major from Bloomer, Wisconsin, is valedictorian.

Saturday’s commencement will conclude with 210 students at the College of EMS ceremony. Joshua Luoma of La Crescent, Minnesota, was selected as the senior speaker. Luoma, who is majoring in engineering physics, is also the college’s valedictorian.

Jill Furman ’03, the global product manager at GE Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will give the principal speaker address. Dr. Lisa Landgraf, professor and computer science program coordinator in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, will serve as the ceremony’s marshal.

Since 1866, UW-Platteville has provided affordable and accessible education to students of Southwest Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and other parts of the country and the world. More than 57,000 students have earned their UW-Platteville diplomas.

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