UW–Platteville held its 195th commencement ceremony in Williams Fieldhouse in two parts Saturday.
Ceremonies for the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and Graduate Studies in the morning, and the College of Liberal Arts and Education and College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science in the afternoon featured 600 undergraduate candidates and 107 from the School of Graduate Studies.
“When you walk across that stage today, you forever become a part of the Pioneer family,” said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “And as Pioneers, you are ready for your careers and the challenges of the changing and evolving world of which you are a part. This university provided you the framework for future success, and like the diploma cover, it is up to you to continually fill that frame.”
Ariel Hellenbrand was the senior speaker for the College BILSA and Graduate Studies ceremony, and 1981 alumnus, Timothy L. Christen served as the principal speaker. After serving 37 years at the university, Deb Putnam was selected as the ceremony’s marshal.
Brett Kramer gave the senior speaker address, while 1989 alumna, Carol Weber served as the principal speaker for the College of LAE and the College of EMS commencement ceremony. Dianne M. Hanten served as this ceremony’s marshal.
“It is my fervent hope and wish that people will be able to tell you are a Pioneer by how well you become leaders in your personal life, your career and your community,” said Shields. “Because you are a member of the Pioneer family, we will always be here to help, as family members do.”