MAILED: May 12, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Spring commencement exercises for 915 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, May 24, in Zorn Arena.
Candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees in all schools and colleges 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 the 2 p.m. ceremony.
A total of 848 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 383 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 281 from the College of Professional Studies, and 184 from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 152 from the School of Education, 61 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 68 from the School of Nursing. A total of 67 students are candidates for master's degrees.
Chancellor Larry Schnack will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost/Vice Chancellor Marjorie Smelstor will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.
Michael W. Grebe, president of the UW System Board of Regents, will deliver the "Charge to the Class."
Julie M. Rothamer, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from Spencer, will deliver the "Response From the Class" during the morning ceremony. Robyn L. Smith, a candidate for a bachelor of nursing degree from Chippewa Falls, will give the "Response From the Class" during the afternoon ceremony.
Fourteen retiring faculty members will be honored during the commencement ceremonies. Retirees are James J. Benning, professor emeritus of psychology; Norma J. Briggs, associate professor emerita of adult health nursing; Jean H. Crowe, associate professor emerita of biology; Keith B. Daniels, assistant professor emeritus of physics and astronomy; James P. Egan, professor emeritus of economics; Kenneth A. Heilman, professor emeritus of psychology; Paul D. Hilbrich, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts; Bruce A. Jannusch, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies; Joel R. Klink, professor emeritus of chemistry; Dean P. Nelson, professor emeritus of chemistry; Patricia M. Ostmoe, professor emerita of nursing systems; Sandra S. Sweeney, professor emerita of nursing systems; Roger J. Quealy, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction; and Richard G. Weld, associate professor emeritus of special education.
Dennis L. Heyde and Carol J. Rowan Heyde, Chippewa Falls, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from UW-Eau Claire. The Heydes own Heyde Companies, which employ hundreds of people in the Chippewa Valley.
Michael N. Hazelkorn, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal.
Leading the national anthem and "University Alma Mater" during the morning ceremony will be Gerald L. Bradshaw Jr., a candidate for bachelor of music degree from Ladysmith, and leading the national anthem and "University Alma Mater" during the afternoon ceremony will be Eric S. Betthauser, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Reedsburg.
Music for the ceremony will be provided by the University Symphony Orchestra, Todd E. Fiegel, conductor.
Kelly Jo Peters, a lecturer in the communication and journalism department, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony, and Terrence L. Chmielewski, an associate professor in the communication and journalism department, will announce the names during the afternoon ceremony.
A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the lawn in front of Schofield Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Rooms of Davies Center.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 12, 1997