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UW-Eau Claire Commencement Set for May 20

RELEASED: May 10, 2006

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Read about several outstanding May 2006 graduates. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

EAU CLAIRE — Spring commencement exercises for 1,151 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, May 20, in Zorn Arena. Live Web broadcasts of the commencement ceremonies will be available.

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

A total of 1, 072 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 532 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 233 from the College of Business, 238 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 69 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Seventy-nine students are master's degrees candidates. Of those, 17 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, including eight students who are candidates for specialist in education degrees; 18 are from the College of Business; 27 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 17 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Several 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 by going to www.uwec.edu and following the links to the commencement information page, which will be live by the week of May 15.

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 Aurora Conde, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Altoona. Nicole Peters, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree and a bachelor of kinesiology degree from Maplewood, Minn., will lead the National Anthem during the afternoon ceremony. Leading the "University Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony will be Carrie Bruce, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Wind Lake. Christine Schweikert, Coon Rapids, Minn., a double major candidate for a bachelor of music degree and a bachelor of arts in German, will lead the "University Alma Mater" in the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, with Nobuyoshi Yasuda, conductor, will provide music.

Barbara Lawton, lieutenant governor of the State of Wisconsin, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Several alumni will receive awards. All will attend the morning ceremony.

Andrew Neuwald, an associate professor at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, one of the leading schools of biological science in the world, will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire.

Mary Campbell Bliss, a clinical nurse specialist for the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region in Sacramento, Calif., and Harry M. Kaiser, a professor of applied economics at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., will receive Alumni Distinguished Achievement Awards, which recognize distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Dr. Aina Galejs, a retired pathologist from Minneapolis, Minn., and Vicki Lord Larson, interim chancellor of UW-Eau Claire, will receive Honorary Alumnus Awards, presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Brent Hafele, stewardship director and the interim education director for Hope Gospel Mission, 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.

Lifetime excellence awards will be presented to Robert Gilberts, a 1950 education graduate, and Ann Gunderson Thornburg, a 1971 accounting graduate. Thornburg was the first woman at PricewaterhouseCoopers to be admitted to the partnership in Boston and the first woman elected to PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. Board of Partners and Principals. Gilberts has spent 43 years in the field of education, 23 of those years as the dean of education at the University of Oregon.

Chelsea Dammen, Eden Prairie, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Babatunde Olatunji, Stevens Point, a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in biology, will deliver the "Reflections" during the afternoon ceremony.

Several faculty/academic staff retirees will be recognized during the ceremonies: Dr. Patricia M. Christopherson, associate dean emerita, College of Education and Human Sciences; Dr. William Hannaford, professor emeritus of management and marketing; and Dr. Susan Haugen, professor emerita of accounting and finance will attend the morning ceremony. Dr. August Rubrecht, professor emeritus of English, 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.

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