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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for May 17

 MAILED:  May 8, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - Spring commencement exercises for 1,107 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 17 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 1,056 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, 50 students are candidates for master's degrees and one student is a candidate for a specialist in education degree. Of the candidates for bachelor's degrees, 513 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 294 are from the College of Professional Studies and 249 are from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 177 from the School of Education, 53 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 64 from the School of Nursing.

Candidates for master's degrees include seven from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Business and 42 from the College of Professional Studies. Master's degree candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 16 from the School of Education, 16 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and nine from the School of Nursing. One person will receive a specialist in education degree.

Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost Ronald Satz will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Paula Lentz, a lecturer in business communication, will announce the candidates' names.

Leading the National Anthem during the morning ceremony will be Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor of music and theatre arts. Jessica Lee Timman, a candidate for a bachelor of music from Plymouth, Minn., will lead the National Anthem during the afternoon ceremony. Leading the "University Alma Mater" in the morning ceremony will be Jason Laurits Sunde, a music major from Amery. Kathryn Moore Eakright, a music major from Eau Claire, will lead the "University Alma Mater" in the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, with Richard Mark Heidel, conductor, will provide music.

Tommy Thompson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning ceremony. His speech is titled "A Call to Public Service."

Kevin Keane, 1987 UW-Eau Claire graduate and assistant secretary for public affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the afternoon ceremony. His speech is titled "Making a Difference in a Changing World."

Keane will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his distinguished service to the community, state and nation.

Others receiving alumni awards include:

Amelia Brown, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in communication from St. Paul, Minn., will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Her speech is titled "What Do You Hear?" Paige Katzfey, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in communication from Plymouth, and Joshua Sax, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in communication from Wausau, will deliver the "Reflections" during the afternoon ceremony. Their speech is titled "Imagine."

Several faculty retirees will be recognized during the ceremonies, including Thomas Bergmann, professor emeritus of management and marketing; Rodney Hudson, associate professor emeritus of music; James La Barre, professor emeritus of management information systems; Leonard Larsen, professor emeritus of computer science; Ronald Mickel, professor emeritus of history; Robert Nelson, professor emeritus of allied health professions; Cleo Powers, associate professor emerita of library services; and Richard Snyder, associate professor emeritus of mathematics.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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Updated: May 16, 2003