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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for Dec. 20 in Zorn Arena

RELEASED: Dec. 10, 2008

Celebrating the Class of 2008
See "Celebrating UW-Eau Claire's Class of 2008" for more information about commencement and stories about several featured UW-Eau Claire December graduates.

EAU CLAIRE — Commencement exercises for 673 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 20 in Zorn Arena.

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 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. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 661 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 256 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 176 from the College of Business, 184 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 45 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 12 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, three are from the College of Arts and Sciences; four are from the College of Business; and five are from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Martin Wood will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Dr. Andrew Phillips, dean of Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Gail Scukanek, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Dr. Susan Harrison, interim chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Dr. Robert Knight, chair of music and theatre arts, will announce the candidates' names. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Danielle Velie, Osseo, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the "National Anthem" at the morning ceremony, and Reid Larsen, Eden Prairie, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the "University Alma Mater" in the morning. Susan Elsen, Altoona, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the "National Anthem" and the "University Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. Eau Claire Brassworks, a brass quintet made up of UW-Eau Claire faculty members, will provide music.

Terence McMahon, principal/commercial real estate adviser for The Boerke Company Inc. and a 1978 UW-Eau Claire graduate, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

McMahon also will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Several other alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be granted to Virginia Janssen, a 1973 graduate. Janssen was most recently vice president of global consumer relations for Mattel. The award recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

The President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire, will be presented to Barbara C. Lee, director of the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic, and Barry Moullet, a corporate officer and senior vice president of supply chain for Darden Restaurants Inc.

Aaron Doty, orchestra personnel and operations manager for the Washington National Opera, will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation.

Visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site for more information on alumni award recipients.

A retiring faculty member also will be honored during the ceremony. Dr. William Frankenberger, professor emeritus, psychology, will attend the afternoon ceremony.

Jenna Weber, Antigo, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony; her speech is titled "Two Hands." Jessica Hoel, Minnetonka, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication and Spanish, will deliver a "Reflections" titled "The College Marathon" at the afternoon ceremony.

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

Tickets, required for admission to the morning and afternoon ceremonies, are available only to graduating students.

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