UW-Platteville to celebrate 207th commencement


The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will celebrate its 207th commencement on Saturday, Dec. 11. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. with the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. The College of Liberal Arts and Education and graduate programs will hold their ceremonies at 12:30 p.m.; and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science will follow at 4 p.m. All ceremonies will take place in Williams Fieldhouse.

The College of BILSA will recognize 182 candidates. The senior speaker is Amber Brand, an accounting, integrated supply chain management and management triple major, from Kieler, Wisconsin. Dawn Drake, who retired from UW-Platteville in 2018, will deliver the principal speaker address. Drake worked in the UW System for 33 years and was central in developing the university’s first online programs. She oversaw distance and continuing education at UW-Platteville from 1999 until her retirement.

Scott A. White, professor emeritus, was selected as the ceremony’s marshal. White retired in 2021 after 41 years of teaching in the School of Business. Brand and Erin Kammann are the valedictorians. Kammann is an animal science major from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.

The College of LAE will feature 131 candidates, which includes associate degree candidates. The graduate programs include 79 candidates. The senior speaker address will be led by Brook Gassman, a psychology major, from Platteville. The ceremony’s principal speaker is Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jack Melvin III. 

Dr. Corinne S. Enright, professor in the Department of Psychology, will serve as the ceremony’s marshal. The College of LAE valedictorians are Gassman and Griffin Koester, an elementary education major from Freeport, Illinois. 

The commencement ceremonies will conclude with the College of EMS, celebrating 214 candidates. Hunter Lund, a civil engineering major from Annandale, Minnesota, is the selected senior speaker. Jennifer L. Black, principal program manager, commercial HVAC at Trane Technologies in La Crosse, Wisconsin, will give the ceremony’s principal speaker address.

Dr. Molly M. Gribb, who retired from UW-Platteville in 2021 as dean of the College of EMS, was selected as the ceremony’s marshal. Cody Daniels, a software engineering major from Greenville, Wisconsin, is the valedictorian. 

Since 1866, UW-Platteville has provided affordable and accessible education to students of Southwest Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and other parts of the country and world. Nearly 60,000 students have earned UW-Platteville diplomas.

For more details about commencement, visit https://www.uwplatt.edu/commencement. Face coverings are required in university buildings.