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UW-Eau Claire to Graduate 212 at Summer Commencement Aug. 6

RELEASED: Aug. 1, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Summer commencement exercises for 212 candidates for graduation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in Zorn Arena at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The ceremony is open to everyone, and tickets are not required.

A total of 177 undergraduate students will receive bachelor's degrees, including 79 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 54 from the College of Business, 27 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 17 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Thirty-five graduate students will receive master's degrees. The graduates include 18 from the College of Arts and Sciences, including two receiving specialist in education degrees. One student will receive a master's degree from the College of Business, 13 students will receive master's degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 3 will receive master's degrees from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr. Vicki Lord Larson, Interim Chancellor, will preside over the ceremony and confer the degrees. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. University Senate Chair Susan Harrison will be commencement marshal. Paula Lentz, lecturer in business communications, will read the candidates' names during the presentation of diplomas. The deans of the various colleges will present the diplomas. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the hearing impaired.

UW System Regent Peggy Rosenzweig will deliver the "Charge to the Class." Rosenzweig served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1993 to 2002 and the State Assembly from 1983 to 1992. During her 20 years of legislative service, she focused on issues relating to health care, the environment and education. She is a member of the National Advisory Council on Health Care Corps and the Wisconsin Historical Society Foundation and a former member of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Rosenzweig holds a bachelor's degree in political science from UW-Milwaukee and is currently the chair of the special regent search committee for the next UW-Eau Claire chancellor.

Jaclyn de Medicci, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in history, and Julie Laflamme, Long Lake, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in health care administration, will present "Reflections."

The following alumni will be recognized as alumni award recipients: Denise Sweet, who was named Wisconsin's Poet Laureate in 2004, and Mary Jo Gagan, a nurse practitioner, will receive Alumni Distinguished Achievement Awards, which recognize distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipient and UW-Eau Claire. Gerald Jacobson will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated long-time and successful commitment to their careers and communities. (Read more about the alumni award recipients, including John Lasseck, who will not be attending the ceremony but has received the Honorary Alumnus Award.)

Eau Claire Brassworks (Mark Heidel and Tom Brown, trumpets; Kelly Heidel, horn; Phillip Ostrander, trombone; and Jerry Young, tuba) will provide music for the ceremony. Jane Schutt, Marinette, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, choral emphasis, will lead the singing of the national anthem and "University Alma Mater."

A reception for graduates and guests will follow the ceremony on the lawn near the clock tower on the Central Campus Mall. The rain site will be the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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