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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Commencement Ceremonies
To be Held at UW-Eau Claire 

MAILED: Dec. 12, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE  Winter commencement exercises for 673 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, in Zorn Arena.
        Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees 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 a 2 p.m. ceremony.
        A remote site broadcast of the ceremony may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. This option is available to accommodate additional guests. Doors to the Davies Theatre 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 619 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees and 18 students are candidates for master's degrees in December and another 36 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees at the end of the January Winterim session. All candidates for degrees are invited to participate in the December commencement.
        Of the candidates for bachelor's degrees, 246 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 214 are from the College of Professional Studies and 195 are from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 107 from the School of Education, 63 from the School of Human Sciences and Services and 44 from the School of Nursing.
        Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Dr. Steven Tallant, associate vice chancellor and director of graduate programs, will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.
        Reed Mackenzie, a Minneapolis trial lawyer and president-elect of the U.S. Golf Association, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. His speech is titled "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things."
        Mackenzie, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1965, also will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award during the commencement ceremonies.
        Kathryn Schoepf, West St. Paul, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree, will deliver the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Her speech is titled "Everyday Heroes."
        Aimee Hogan, Oconomowoc, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree, will deliver the "Reflections" titled "The Hierarchy of Needs" during the afternoon ceremony.
        John Frank, an Eau Claire attorney and instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award during the afternoon ceremony. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974.
        Ryan Fryer, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine in the Center for Neurological Diseases, and Jennifer Peterson, a law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, each will receive an Outstanding Recent Alumni Award during the morning ceremony. Fryer and Peterson graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1997.
        Nancy McKinley, founder, owner and editor in chief of Thinking Publications, a publishing company in Eau Claire, will receive the President's Award during the afternoon ceremony. McKinley graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974.
        James Mueller, an active volunteer at UW-Eau Claire athletic events, will receive the Honorary Alumni Award during the morning ceremony. He retired in 1996 after 19 years of employment as a locksmith at UW-Eau Claire.
        Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate and associate professor of academic and career services and computer science, will serve as commencement marshal.
        Leading the national anthem and the "University Alma Mater" during the morning ceremony will be Kate Wainscott, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from Madison. Leading the national anthem during the afternoon ceremony will be Colleen Donnelly, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Brooklyn Park, Minn. Leading the "University Alma Mater" during the afternoon ceremony will be Shanin Buhr, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Amery.
        The UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band, conducted by Rodney Hudson, will provide music for the ceremony.
        Robert Lopez, executive director of Enrollment Services and director of Admissions, will announce the candidates' names during the morning ceremony. Dr. Ted Wendt, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will announce the candidates' names during the afternoon ceremony.
        A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
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Updated: Dec. 12, 2001