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UW-Eau Claire to Graduate 236 Students
at Summer Commencement Ceremony

RELEASED: July 21, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Summer commencement exercises for 236 candidates for graduation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in Zorn Arena at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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

A total of 201 undergraduate students will receive bachelor's degrees, including 92 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 61 from the College of Business, 26 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 22 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Thirty-five graduate students will receive master's degrees. The graduates include 15 from the College of Arts and Sciences, including two receiving specialist in education degrees. Two students will receive master's degrees from the College of Business, 17 students will receive master's degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences and one will receive a master's degree from the College of Nursing and Health 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. 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. The deans of the various colleges will present the diplomas. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the hearing impaired.

UW System Regent Vice President Mark Bradley will deliver the "Charge to the Class."

Zhan Yi Chen, of Guangdong, China, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in marketing, will present "Reflections."

The following alumni will be recognized as alumni award recipients: Craig Ungerecht, who received a master's degree in environmental and public health in 2000; Jeff Nelson, who received a bachelor of art in political science in 1995; and Bridget Nelson, who received a bachelor of science degree in social work in 1996, will receive Outstanding Recent Alumnus Awards, which acknowledge special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Mary Hilfiker and Richard Schroder will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Hilfiker received her bachelor of science degree in education from UW-Eau Claire in 1967. Schroder was a 1977 College of Business graduate.

John Wallace '78 and Ruth Wallace '77 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. The Wallaces met at UW-Eau Claire where they received their bachelor of science degrees in elementary education and master's degrees in special education.

Donald Zeutschel, research coordinator emeritus, and Bobby Pitts, associate professor emeritus of art & design, will be recognized for their service to the university. Zeutschel will retire in September after 27 years at UW-Eau Claire. Pitts will retire in August with 18 years of service. (Read more about the UW-Eau Claire alumni award recipients.)

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. Robert Knight, chair of the department of music and theatre arts, will lead the singing of the national anthem and the "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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