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December 17, 2012

Commencement set for Dec. 22 in Zorn Arena

CommencementCommencement exercises for students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 22 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business will receive degrees during the 9 am ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 775 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 150 from the College of Business. A total of 33 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 23 are from the College of Business.

Caly Polipnick, McFarland, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the national anthem and Lauren Schell, Stoughton, also a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater". The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for the ceremony.

Deanna Marie Schlies, Denmark, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will give the "Reflections" speech.

Ambassador Mark Green, a 1983 UW-Eau Claire alumnus who earned a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in English and political science, will deliver the "Charge to the Class". Green is a senior director with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, overseeing public policy and field operations. Green represented the 8th district of Wisconsin in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2007, and he was the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania from 2007-09. He previously served as managing director of the Malaria No More Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Six alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will be recognized at the commencement ceremony as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients.

Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia A. Kleine will present the candidates. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Dean Diane Hoadley, College of Business, will present master’s degree diplomas and hood the MBA degree candidates. Dean Hoadley also will present the baccalaureate diplomas.

UW System Regent Tim Higgins will deliver greetings from the Board of Regents. Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Dr. Jill Prushiek, interim associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony; Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at the ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow in the Ojibwe Room and Ojibwe Room C of Davies Center.

Tickets, required for admission to the ceremony are available only to graduating students. There will be remote-site broadcast in the Woodland Theater and the Ojibwe Rooms A and B, both in Davies Center. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcast.

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau


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