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Commencement set for May 19 in Zorn Arena

May 11, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — Commencement exercises for students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 19 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as candidates for doctoral and master's degrees, will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 1,316 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 623 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 292 from the College of Business, 288 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 113 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 15 students are candidates for doctoral degrees in nursing. They are the first graduating class from UW-Eau Claire's doctor of nursing practice program.

A total of 121 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 19 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 34 are from the College of Business, 31 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 37 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Taylor Brummond, Oregon, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the national anthem and Holly Shattuck, Curtiss, also a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Meagan Seubert, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of vocal music degree, will lead the national anthem and Anthony Reed, Alexandria, Minn., also a candidate for a bachelor of vocal music degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Gabe Stejskal, Grand Rapids, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of liberal studies degree, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Kelly Todd, Fitchburg, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communication, will deliver "Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

Michael Perry, a 1987 alumnus who graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" for both ceremonies. In addition to delivering the "Charge to the Class," Perry and six other alumni will be recognized at the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. See a related news release for more information about the awards and recipients.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia A. Kleine will present the candidates. Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present doctoral diplomas and hood the doctor of nursing practice degree candidates. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and deans of the specific colleges will present master's diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Deans of the specific colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Dr. Jill Prushiek, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony; Michael Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and executive director of university communications, will announce the candidates' names at the afternoon ceremony. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at the morning ceremony, and Vicky Goss will provide signing at the afternoon ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. There will be remote-site broadcasts of the ceremonies in Davies Theatre and in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcasts.

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