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UW-Eau Claire Encourages Students, Guests Who
Have Flu Symptoms to Skip Commencement

RELEASED: May 11, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire commencement will go on as planned May 16, but university health officials are asking that graduates and their guests who have any flu-like symptoms consider skipping the ceremony.

"While we recognize how meaningful the commencement ceremony is to the students who are graduating and their loved ones, we are encouraging people with flu symptoms to not participate in the ceremonies," said Laura Chellman, director of Health Services. "Out of respect for others, we hope they will decide to stay home if they have symptoms, such as fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, sore throat and body aches."

Health Services will make hand sanitizer available to graduates as they prepare to cross the stage, Chellman said. Administrators and others who are part of the ceremonies' platform parties also will have access to the hand sanitizer, she said.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will shake the hands of all graduating students as they cross the stage as he does during all commencement ceremonies.

May commencement ceremonies typically attract about 7,000 people, including graduates, their loved ones, honored alumni, faculty, administrators and other staff members.

Chellman and other UW-Eau Claire administrators are continuing to monitor the H1N1 flu situation and are working closely with area city and county officials.

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