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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for Aug. 2 in Zorn Arena

RELEASED: July 23, 2008

Excellence SealEAU CLAIRE — Summer commencement exercises for 163 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from all colleges, including candidates for master's degrees, will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony.

A total of 139 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 56 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 69 from the College of Business, 12 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and two from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Twenty-four students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 10 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, five are from the College of Business, seven are from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and two are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. The deans of most of the colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas, with Dr. Bernard Duyfhuizen, associate dean, doing the honors for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Rosemary Jadack, professor of nursing and graduate program coordinator, representing the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Andrew Phillips, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Dr. Gail Scukanec, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Dr. Martin Wood, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Dr. Robert Knight, chair of the music and theatre arts department, will announce the candidates' names at the ceremony. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Knight also will lead the national anthem and the "University Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. BASSically Brass, a brass quartet made up of UW-Eau Claire faculty, alumni and community members, will provide music.

Dr. Judith Carlson, a retired professor from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the ceremony. A graduate of the class of 1963 (B.S., physical education), Carlson also will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award at the ceremony. Lifetime Excellence Awards are presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Several other alumni also will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Randall Newton and Roberta Poirier will each 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.

Ruth Gullerud, David Joles and Thomas Joles will each receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Jacob Hookom 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.

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

A reception for graduates and guests will follow the ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. In case of rain, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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