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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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UW-Eau Claire Summer Commencement Set for Aug. 4
MAILED: July 26, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Summer commencement exercises for 230 candidates for graduation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in Zorn Arena at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         The ceremony is open to everyone, and tickets are not required.
         A total of 181 undergraduate students will receive bachelor’s degrees, including 88 from the College of Arts and Sciences and 47 from the College of Business. Within the College of Professional Studies, five students will receive bachelor’s degrees from the School of Education, 40 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and one from the School of Nursing.
         A total of 49 graduate students will receive master’s degrees. These graduates include 11 from the College of Arts and Sciences and eight from the College of Business. Within the College of Professional Studies, 24 students will receive master’s degrees from the School of Education and six from the School of Nursing.
         Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremony and confer the degrees. Associate Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. University Senate Chair Susan Harrison will be commencement marshal. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the hearing impaired.
         Jan K. Ver Hagen of St. Louis will deliver the “Charge to the Class.” Ver Hagen attended UW-Eau Claire for two years before completing his mechanical engineering degree at UW-Madison and going on to a career with United Dominion Industries in North Carolina, the international division of Trane Co. in La Crosse and Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis. He and his wife, Kathryn, a 1960 UW-Eau Claire graduate, will be honored during commencement as the first recipients of the Alumni Association’s Lifetime Excellence Award.
         Mark Kanner, a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in communication from Lake Geneva, will present “Reflections.” His speech is titled “A Profoundly Moving, Occasionally Angry and Often Hilarious Speech.”
         Stephen Kurth, who is retiring as associate dean of the School of Education in August, will be honored at commencement.
         In addition to the Ver Hagens, the following alumni and honorary alumni will be recognized as alumni award recipients: Kurth, class of 1961, and Connie Chumas, class of 1960, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Larry Vorphal, class of 1985, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; and emeriti faculty members Roma Hoff and Tim Hirsch, Honorary Alumnus Award.
         The brass quintet Quintessence, coordinated by music faculty member Andrew Parks, will provide music for the ceremony. Sarah Parks will lead the singing of the national anthem and “University Alma Mater.”
         Robert Lopez, executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions, will announce the candidates’ names during the presentation of diplomas.
         A reception for graduates and guests will follow the ceremony on the lawn near the campus mall clock tower (rain site: Spruce-Tamarack Room, Davies Center).

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: July 26, 2001