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Commencement set for Dec. 22 in Zorn Arena

December 14, 2012

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

Candidates from the College of Business and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 775 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 324 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 150 from the College of Business, 223 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 78 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 33 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, five are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 23 are from the College of Business and five are from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

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" at the morning ceremony. Britta Gilbertson, Fond du Lac, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the national anthem and Elizabeth Sletten, Stillwater, Minn., also a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education 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.

Deanna Marie Schlies, Denmark, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Elizabeth Nevers, Wausau, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication, will deliver "Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

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" for both ceremonies. 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 ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. See a related news release for more information about the awards and 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 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.

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; Michael Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, will announce the candidates' names at the afternoon ceremony. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Ojibwe Room and Ojibwe Room C 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 the Woodland Theater and the Ojibwe Rooms A and B, both in Davies Center. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcasts.

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