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Commencement set for Dec. 21 in Zorn Arena

December 13, 2013

EAU CLAIRE Commencement exercises for students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 21 in Zorn Arena.

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

A total of 780 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 312 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 173 from the College of Business, 209 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 86 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 42 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, six are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 27 are from the College of Business and nine are from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Philip Reilly, Milton, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music, will lead the national anthem, and Heidi Joosten, Cameron, also a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Ryan Simmons, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music education, will lead the national anthem, and Andrew Steffen, New Richmond, also a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music education, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Gretchen Bachmeier, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in mass communication and women's studies, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Catherine Davis, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in information systems, will deliver "Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

Rakesh Sreenivasam, a 1988 UW-Eau Claire alumnus who earned a bachelor's degree in biology, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. Sreenivasam is vice president of operations for North America for Nestle Health Science.

Nine 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.

Chancellor James C. Schmidt 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 individual colleges will present master's diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Dr. Joe Abhold, dean of students, and the deans of the individual colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas.

Mitch Freymiller, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. For the first time, students will announce the names of the candidates for graduation as they receive their diplomas. Jacob Wrasse, a sophomore journalism major from Durand, and Benjamin Thompson Isaac, a sophomore communication studies major from Chaska, Minn., will serve as readers at both commencement ceremonies. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at both ceremonies.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Student Center.

Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. Remote-site broadcasts of the ceremonies will be presented in the Woodland Theater and Ojibwe Rooms A and B, both in Davies Center. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcasts.

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