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Celebrating the Class of 2024

Celebrating the Class of 2024

May 11, 2024 by Office of Marketing and Communication Student Achievements
Celebrating the Class of 2024

Sending Christian Servant Leaders into the World

On Saturday, May 11, Wisconsin Lutheran College held its spring commencement exercises in the Recreation Complex - Time of Grace Center. WLC awarded diplomas to more than 200 traditional undergraduate students, accelerated degree completion students, and graduate students this semester. WLC's 2024 graduates are from 17 states plus Venezuela. They represent 36 undergraduate majors and three master's programs.




Class of 2024 infographic


Professional photos from the ceremony are available from the photographer's website.


Keynote speaker Tom Plath is the senior vice president of human resources and corporate affairs for International Paper. A member of the executive committee of the WLC Board of Regents, he is also the father of a WLC alumnus, Kyle ’09. Tom began his career as principal of a WELS grade school in Minnesota before earning his MBA from Vanderbilt University and joining International Paper in 1991. He has served in numerous roles throughout the company, including a four-year stint in Belgium. Tom and his wife, Lisa, have three adult children and reside in Tennessee.

Graduating senior Hans Rupnow was nominated by faculty and chosen by his classmates to be the student speaker at commencement. A four-year member of both the WLC cross country and track teams, as well as a resident assistant, Hans graduated with a B.A. in secondary education, history, and broadfield social science. He grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, and is the son of Jason and Megen Rupnow. After graduation, Hans will be a student teacher at Menomonee Falls High School.

Erika Bahr welcomed graduates to the ranks of WLC alumni. A 1991 WLC graduate with a degree in business administration, Erika is a controller with Delaware North Companies.

Wisconsin Lutheran College prepares its graduates to be Christian servant leaders in the workplace and in the community.