MAILED: May 17, 2000
Spring commencement exercises for 1,049 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, May 27, in Zorn Arena.
Candidates in the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees at 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 at a 2 p.m. ceremony.
A remote site broadcast of the ceremony may be viewed in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. This option is available to accommodate additional guests. Doors to the Council Fire Room will open at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. No tickets for the remote site viewing are required.
A total of 948 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 437 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 236 from the College of Business and 275 from the College of Professional Studies. Bachelor's degree recipients from the College of Professional Studies include 157 from the School of Education, 60 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 58 from the School of Nursing. A total of 101 students are candidates for master's degrees.
Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.
Frederic Mohs of the UW System Board of Regents will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.
Dr. Robert Knight, associate professor of music and theatre arts, will be the reader for the morning ceremony. Dr. Terrence Chmielewski, associate professor of communication and journalism, will be the reader for the afternoon ceremony.
Leah Zimmer, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in English and comprehensive teaching secondary from Eau Claire, will deliver the "Response from the Class" during the morning ceremony. Her speech is titled "Pursuing our Future."
Kelly North, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in business administration from Minnetonka, Minn., will give the "Response from the Class" during the afternoon ceremony. Her speech is titled "G.P.A."
The following alumni and honorary alumni will be recognized as alumni award recipients: Thomas Auth, class of 1967, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Joy Wachs, class of 1976, President's Award; Connie Hagen O'Connell, class of 1986, Outstanding Recent Alumna Award; and Larry and Carol Schnack, Honorary Alumni Award.
Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal.
Leading the national anthem during the morning ceremony will be Lisa Speich, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music education from Reedsburg. Leading the national anthem during the afternoon ceremony will be Sara Paar, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music from Verona.
Leading the "University Alma Mater" during the morning ceremony will be Barry Anderson, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music education from Osseo. Leading the "University Alma Mater" during the afternoon ceremony will be Koral Rose Curkeet, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in music from Manitowoc.
Music for the ceremony will be provided by the University Symphony Orchestra, Nobuyoshi Yasuda, conductor.
The following retirees will be honored during commencement: Dr. Marjorie Bottoms, acting department chair of nursing systems; Dr. Philip Chenier, professor of chemistry; Sandra Dirks, associate professor of nursing; Dr. David Lund, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Mary Mero, associate professor of kinesiology and athletics; and Morton Sippress, associate professor of political science.
A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the lawn in front of Schofield Hall.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 17, 2000