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UW-Eau Claire Commencement to Be Held

Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena

Ceremonies can be viewed live on the Web at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Find details on commencement deadlines, dress, the ceremony and more.

RELEASED: Dec. 8, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Winter commencement exercises for 685 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 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, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences 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. In the past, elderly guests for whom comfortable chairs and close proximity to the screen are important and those with small children have found the remote site particularly attractive. 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 661 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 306 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 161 from the College of Business, 141 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 53 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Twenty-four students are master's degrees candidates. Of those, two are from the College of Arts and Sciences, seven are from the College of Business, 13 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences and two are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Six of the master's degree candidates from the College of Business are among the most recent group of online MBA students to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Some of these students will be coming to the campus for the first time since the university began offering its MBA program completely online in 2002. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony with their relatives and friends online.

Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Andrew Phillips, interim dean of Graduate Studies and interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and L. Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates.

Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Paula Lentz, a lecturer in business communication, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony, and Jan Larson, associate professor of communication and journalism, will read the names at the afternoon ceremony. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Three candidates for bachelor of music education degrees with a choral emphasis will be the featured soloists for the ceremonies. Joshua Andrew, Eau Claire, will lead the National Anthem and the "University Alma Mater" during the morning ceremony. Andrew will graduate during the afternoon ceremony, where Terra Stefansky, Waukesha, will lead the National Anthem and Seth Schwartzhoff Boyd, Apple Valley, Minn., will lead the "University Alma Mater." The University Symphony Orchestra, with Nobuyoshi Yasuda, conductor, will provide music.

Dr. Patricia Quinn, director of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and the special assistant for external funding for the associate vice chancellor of student development and diversity, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during both the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Quinn will reflect on the 40-year anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the fact that the commencement audience now includes members of two generations who have benefited from this act. She will talk about some of the experiences and cultural symbols that the two generations have shared.

Quinn, a member of UW-Eau Claire's academic staff since 1983, received the Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award at the beginning of the fall semester. The award recognizes leadership and dedication as a member of the university's 200-member non-teaching academic staff.

Several alumni will receive awards at the ceremonies.

Nicole Gerlach, Pleasant Prairie, a candidate for a bachelor of art degree in mass communication with an emphasis in advertising, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Patrick Bents, Eagan, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree with an instrumental music education emphasis, will deliver the "Reflections" during the afternoon ceremony.

Several faculty/academic staff retirees will be recognized during the ceremonies: Dr. Christopher Lind, assistant vice chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, will attend the morning ceremony. Dr. Leonard Gibbs, professor of social work, will attend the afternoon ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Tickets are required for admission to the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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