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