Lafayette Crump ’91 Named 2020 Commencement Speaker

Lafayette Crump ’91 has been named the speaker for University School of Milwaukee’s 2020 Commencement, which was rescheduled for Saturday, June 27. Crump replaces Lane MacDonald ’84, who was due to speak at the Commencement originally scheduled for May 16, but was not available on the new date.

Crump was also named the recipient of the 2020 Alumni Service Award and was honored by the USM Alumni Association during the Upper School Honors Assembly, held virtually on Thursday, May 14. The award is given in recognition of his achievements in working toward the betterment of USM and the greater Milwaukee community that it serves. Crump is managing member of Crump Law Firm, chief operating officer of Prism Technical, adjunct professor of law at Marquette University, and the deputy chief of staff and chief diversity, vendor and engagement officer for the Milwaukee 2020 Democratic National Convention Host Committee. In addition, he was recently appointed the commissioner of city development by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Crump is heavily involved in serving the Milwaukee community through his work as immediate past chair of the Safe & Sound Board of Directors; service on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Visit Milwaukee Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Wauwatosa Equity & Inclusion Commission; and his work with many other local organizations including The Milwaukee Business Council, Artists Working in Education, and Black Child Development Institute.

In addition to receiving USM’s Trustee’s Cup, Crump was named to the “Milwaukee Business Journal’s” 40 Under 40 in 2011, earned “Milwaukee Times’” Black Excellence Award in 2013, and earned Foley & Lardner’s Lyndford Lardner Community Service Award. He also earned the Duke University School of Law Julian Abele Award and was named Duke University’s Alumni Caller of the Year.
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