UW-Parkside's Winter 2022 Commencement will honor nearly 500 students, including 200 master’s degrees.

UW-Parkside to hold Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 17

Four Outstanding Graduates and one Chancellor's Award Recipient to be honored


UW-Parkside is one of 13 four-year campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. Located in Somers, Wisconsin, between Racine and Kenosha on 700 acres with natural prairies and woodlands. 4,300 students.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will hold its Winter 2022 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. in the DeSimone Arena located in the Sports and Activity Center. The ceremony will honor nearly 500 students, including 200 master’s degrees. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Petretti Fieldhouse. Refreshments and photo opportunities will be available.

Tyler Thompson

This semester’s commencement speakers will be UW-Parkside alumni Dr. and Mrs. Brent ’84 and Susan Podlogar ’84. Regent John Miller of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will also be in attendance.

Dr. Brent Podlogar grew up in Racine. His passion for learning and understanding the root of how things work led him to obtain a chemistry/mathematics degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1984, and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at the University of South Florida in 1989. Dr. Podlogar is currently researching and consolidating the latest scientific literature in the areas of dietary health.

Susan Podlogar is MetLife’s chief human resources officer and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. She joined MetLife in July 2017 and oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of accessing, retaining, and engaging a purpose-driven and energized workforce that creates value for MetLife’s customers and shareholders.

UW-Parkside will recognize four Outstanding Graduates and one Chancellor’s Award Recipient during the ceremony. The honorees are listed below:

  • Hunter Cheney, Chemistry
  • Onorelio Contreras, Graphic Design
  • Alyssa McBain, Geosciences
  • Paulina Zarebska, Master of Business Administration
  • Tyler Thompson, Molecular Biology (Chancellor’s Award Recipient)

Chancellor’s Award Recipient Tyler Thompsom will address his fellow graduates. For more details visit https://www.uwp.edu/currentstudent/yourgraduation/ceremony.cfm.