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Commencement for 750 students set for Dec. 17

RELEASED: Dec. 9, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Commencement exercises for students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena.

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

A total of 718 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 317 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 149 from the College of Business, 185 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 67 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 32 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, eight are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 20 are from the College of Business and four 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 A. 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 Dr. 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, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate studies, will announce the candidates' names. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Nicole Wolf, La Crosse, a candidate for a bachelor of music liberal arts degree, will lead the national anthem and Danielle Lahr, Grafton, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Alicia Fitchett, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the national anthem at the afternoon ceremony, and Jeremy Gussin, Iowa City, Iowa, 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.

Beth Baier from the class of 1979, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" for both ceremonies.

Baier also will receive the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's 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." Also receiving the Lifetime Excellence Award is Faye Deich, a 1979 nursing graduate.

Several other alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Scott Bertzyk, a 1981 graduate, and Lillian Friedberg-Banks, a 1985 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 Dr. David Hein, a 1977 graduate, and Todd Herbert, a 1980 graduate, during the morning ceremony.

Katina Kravik, a 1997 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 Association website.

Cara Shimon, Hudson, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree in operations and materials management, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Olivia Nelson, Wisconsin Rapids, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in English education, will deliver "Reflections" 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 both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. There will be remote-site broadcasts of the ceremonies in Davies Theatre and in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcasts.

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