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Commencement for 839 students set for Dec. 18

RELEASED: Dec. 10, 2010

Class of 2010 iconSee "Celebrating UW-Eau Claire's Class of 2010" for more information about commencement and stories about several featured UW-Eau Claire December graduates.

EAU CLAIRE — Commencement exercises for 839 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 18 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates for the College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates for the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as candidates for master's degrees, will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 775 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 320 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 180 from the College of Business, 201 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 74 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 64 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 18 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 29 are from the College of Business and 17 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia Kleine will present the candidates. Deans of the specific colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Martin Wood, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Dr. Susan Harrison, 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. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Rebecca Lovejoy, Plover, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the national anthem and Michael Jones, Hastings, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Holly Dow, Waterloo, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the national anthem at the afternoon ceremony, and Benjamin John, Hartland, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in music, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" during the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Patrick O'Brien from the class of 1975, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in theatre, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" for both ceremonies.

O'Brien will also receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made positive and dramatic impacts through dedication to service and have lived their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

Several other alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Michelle Altobelli-Andersen, a 1991 graduate, and Judge Glenn H. Yamahiro, a 1983 graduate, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. The honor 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 as well as service to UW-Eau Claire, will be presented to Sheila D. Corbine, a 1990 graduate, and Todd Michael Eberhardt, a 1989 graduate, during the morning ceremony. Terry Schadeberg, a 1985 graduate, will receive the award during the afternoon ceremony.

Matthew Ryan Beasley, a 2004 graduate, 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. More information about the awards and recipients can be found on the Alumni Relations website.

Kristin Gilbank, Janesville, a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in biology and German, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Davendra Raj Ghandi Rajan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in political science, will deliver "Reflections" titled "Connecting Worlds" at the afternoon ceremony.

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

Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. There will be a remote-site broadcast of the ceremony in Davies Theatre and in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcast.

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