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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for Dec. 16

RELEASED: Dec. 5, 2006

Happy graduate in cap and gown
See UW-Eau Claire's commencement Web site for features about outstanding grads, ceremony details, alumni award winners, a live broadcast link and more. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

EAU CLAIRE — December commencement exercises for 740 students will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Zorn Arena at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Allotted tickets are available only to graduates and must be obtained at the Service Center prior to the ceremonies.

No tickets are required for a remote site broadcast of the ceremony which may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. This is a particularly attractive option for elderly guests, for whom comfortable chairs and close proximity to the screen are important, and those with small children. 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.

The ceremonies also will be broadcast live via Web streaming (more information).

Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 712 students will receive bachelor's degrees, including 288 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 178 from the College of Business, 187 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 59 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Twenty-eight students will receive master's degrees. The graduates include thirteen from the College of Arts and Sciences, seven from the College of Business, and eight from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, UW-Eau Claire's new chancellor, will preside over the ceremony and confer the 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 Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. University Senate Chair Susan Harrison will be commencement marshal. Robert Knight, chair of the department of music and theatre arts, will read the candidates' names during the presentation of diplomas. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the hearing impaired.

Wilson Bradshaw, president and professor at the Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, will deliver the "Charge to the Class."

Sarah Davis, Scandinavia, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science, and Barbara Weisenberger, Fall Creek, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts and a women's studies certificate, will present "Reflections."

Five Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during the ceremonies.

Dr. Carter Wahl, who received a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1998, will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. Wahl, the author of two books that help medical students prepare for their license exams, earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is currently doing a fifth-year fellowship in surgical pathology at the University of California-San Diego.

Lynn Frank will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Frank received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire in 1969. She also earned a master's degree in education in professional development from UW-Stout in 1985. She is now vice president and chief nursing officer of Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System.

Linda Clark, class of 1988, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipient and UW-Eau Claire. Clark received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966, and another in economics and business from UW-Eau Claire in 1988. She went on to earn a master's degree in economics from the University of Minnesota. For the past nine years she has served as manager of Xcel Energy's economic development and community service department.

David Crane and Vicky Crane will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award. Vicky Crane received her bachelor of art degree in psychology from UW-Eau Claire in 1981 and a master's degree in family social science from the University of Minnesota in 1994. She is a senior lecturer in the department of sociology at UW-Eau Claire. David Crane, who pursued pre-dental studies at UW-Eau Claire in 1962 and received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, is the owner of Crane Family Dental in Chippewa Falls.

For more information on the alumni award winners and their activities, see the news release.

UW-Eau Claire's Wind Symphony, conducted by R. Mark Heidel, will provide music for the ceremony. Marilyn Spiess, Waconia, Minn., a candidate for the bachelor of music education degree, and Denise Golat, Conrath, a candidate for the bachelor of music degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem at the morning and afternoon ceremonies respectively. Amanda Blaylock, De Pere, a candidate for bachelor of music education degree, and Jon Sunde, Amery, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree, will sing the "University Alma Mater."

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

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