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UW-Eau Claire Commencement Set for May 21

Ceremonies can be viewed live on the Web at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
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RELEASED: May 12, 2005

UW-Eau Claire Graduates
Photo by Rick Mickelson

EAU CLAIRE — Spring commencement exercises for 1,174 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 21 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 total of 1,083 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 510 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 269 from the College of Business, 232 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 72 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Eighty-seven students are master's degrees candidates. Four students are candidates for specialist in education degrees. Of those, 13 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 22 are from the College of Business, 29 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 27 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Eight 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 V. Thomas Dock, dean of the College of Business, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree and specialist in education degree candidates. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Michael Rindo, executive director of University Communications, will announce the candidates' names. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Leading the National Anthem during the morning ceremony will be Jesus Antonio Martinez Jr., a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from Paradise, Calif. Brynn Marie Llewellyn, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Appleton, will lead the National Anthem during the afternoon ceremony. Leading the "University Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony will be Michelle Ann Angsten, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from Waupaca. Lindsey Erin Andress, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Suamico, will lead the "University Alma Mater" in the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band, with Phillip Ostrander, conductor, will provide music.

Dr. Donald Mash, executive senior vice president, UW-System, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Several alumni will receive awards at the ceremonies.

Claire Marie Jadin, Shiocton, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Mary Johanna Gabriel, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in communications will deliver the "Reflections during the afternoon ceremony.

Several faculty/academic staff retirees will be recognized during the ceremonies: Dr. David Baker, professor emeritus of music and chair, department of music and theater arts; Dr. Thomas King, professor emeritus of communication disorders; and Barbara Stevens, assistant to the chancellor, affirmative action, and associate professor emerita, library, will attend the morning ceremony. Patricia Garber, associate professor emerita, adult health nursing; Dr. Dale Johnson, associate dean emeritus of the College of Business and professor of management information systems; and Dr. John Melrose, professor emeritus, management information systems, will attend the afternoon ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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

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