UW-Platteville to hold 208th commencement, celebrating the class of 2022 and graduates of 2020 and 2021


The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will celebrate the class of 2022 and graduates of spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 at the 208th commencement on Saturday, May 14. The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture ceremony, which will include graduate programs and associate degree candidates, will take place at 10 a.m. The College of Liberal Arts and Education and College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. The two ceremonies will take place in the Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium.

Former Wisconsin Governor and former President of the University of Wisconsin System Tommy G. Thompson will deliver the principal speaker address for both ceremonies. Thompson began his appointment as UW System president on July 1, 2020 and stepped down on March 18, 2022. He was elected governor in 1986 and served an unprecedented four terms, which makes him the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history. He stepped down during his fourth term to become United States Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush.

The College of BILSA senior speaker is Allison Leschke, a dairy science major from Valders, Wisconsin. Margaret F. Karsten, professor emerita of the School of Business, will serve as the ceremony’s marshal. Karsten joined UW-Platteville in 1981 and retired in 2021. Kailee Kaiser, an animal science major from Hazel Green, Wisconsin, is the valedictorian.

Cassandra Maslow, a criminal justice and psychology double major from Siren, Wisconsin, will give the College of LAE senior speaker address. The College of EMS senior speaker address will be led by Gavin Lloyd, a software engineering major from Mosinee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Mesut Muslu, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, will serve as the ceremony’s marshal. Muslu retired from UW-Platteville in June of 2020, after 34 years of teaching. The College of LAE valedictorian is Madelyn Nix, an elementary education major from Cassville, Wisconsin. The valedictorian for the College of EMS is Sam Bauman, a mechanical engineering major from Marshfield, Wisconsin.

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.