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Commencement set for May 22 in Zorn Arena

RELEASED: May 10, 2010

Read about featured graduates, alumni award recipients and more on the May 2010 commencement celebration website.  

EAU CLAIRE — Spring commencement exercises for 1,418 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 22 in Zorn Arena.

Class of 2010 iconCandidates 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 1,303 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 602 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 328 from the College of Business, 266 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 107 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 115 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 14 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, including nine students who are candidates for specialist in education degrees; 28 are from the College of Business, 42 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 31 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 Patricia Kleine will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and 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 candidates. Dr. Susan Harrison, 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.

During the morning ceremony, Amy Stanfield, Lake Geneva, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree will lead the "National Anthem" and John Turba, Platteville, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree will lead the "University Alma Mater." Emily Worzalla, Madison, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in music, will lead the "National Anthem" at the afternoon ceremony, with Angela Nieman, Milwaukee, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in voice performance, leading the "University Alma Mater." The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend Mutual Insurance, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

The President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire, will be presented to Steiner, who earned a master's degree in business administration in 1982, and Bruce Hering, who earned a master's degree in education-professional development in 1980.

Several other alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. The Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award will be granted to Bobbie Schmidt, a 1976 graduate, and Randall Oostra, a 1985 graduate.

An Honorary Alumnus Award will be presented to Evelyn Zabo, vice president of Microsoft Global Relationship, in recognition of distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the award recipient and the UW-Eau Claire community. Visit the UW-Eau Claire website for more information on alumni award recipients.

Jeffrey Ruh, Fayetteville, N.C., a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony; his speech is titled "We Have Changed, We Are Change." Christopher Jorgenson, Waupaca, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in English literature, will deliver a "Reflections" titled "The Other Side of Tradition: A Reflection" at 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 commencement exercises and are available only to graduating students.

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