MAILED: May 13, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE - Spring commencement exercises for 932 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, May 23, in Zorn Arena.Candidates in the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees in all schools and colleges will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.
A total of 872 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 390 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 284 from the College of Professional Studies, and 198 from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 157 from the School of Education, 62 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 65 from the School of Nursing. A total of 60 students are candidates for master's degrees.
Interim Chancellor Marjorie Smelstor will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Thomas Miller will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.
Carl Haywood, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire, will deliver the "Charge to the Class." His presentation is titled "...and a place to stand..."
Lauren Biela West, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in communication and Spanish from Eau Claire, will deliver the "Response from the Class" during the morning ceremony. Melissa Bieri, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in communication from Monona, will give the "Response from the Class" during the afternoon ceremony.
Eight retiring faculty members will be honored during the commencement ceremonies. Retirees attending commencement are Dr. Victor Cvancara, professor emeritus of biology; Beverly Dick, associate professor emerita of music; Dr. R. Dale Dick, professor emeritus of psychology; Dr. Thomas Rouse, professor emeritus of biology; Dr. Robert V. St. Louis, professor emeritus of chemistry; Dr. Ronald Warloski, professor emeritus of history; Dr. Richard Lorentz, professor emeritus of management and marketing; and Dr. Darwin Wassink, professor emeritus of economics.
Susan Tietz, owner and CEO of McDonough Manufacturing Co. in Eau Claire, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from UW-Eau Claire. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1971.
Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal.
Leading the national anthem during the morning ceremony will be Dulcee Lindstrom, candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Durand. Leading the national anthem during the afternoon ceremony will be Aaron Grant, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from La Crosse.
Leading the "University Alma Mater" during the morning ceremony is Matthew Wanner, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Waukesha. Leading the "University Alma Mater" during the afternoon ceremony is Deborah Petras, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from Green Bay.
Music for the ceremony will be provided by the University Wind Ensemble, Todd Fiegel, conductor.
Daniel Perkins, a professor in the communication and journalism department, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony, and Susan Hafen, an assistant professor of communication and journalism, 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 be held in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 13, 1998