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Commencement set for May 21 in Zorn Arena

RELEASED: May 13, 2011

Note: Those attending UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremonies May 21 are encouraged to park in the Water Street and Haas Fine Arts parking lots and walk over the footbridge to Zorn Arena. See map for lot locations.
Class of 2011 graphicSee "Celebrating UW-Eau Claire's Class of 2011" for more information about commencement and stories about several UW-Eau Claire May graduates.

EAU CLAIRE — Commencement exercises for 1,324 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 21 in Zorn Arena.

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

A total of 1,216 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 554 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 283 from the College of Business, 274 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 105 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 108 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 11 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 41 are from the College of Business, 21 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 35 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 R. Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Dr. Robert Sutton, associate 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, dean of undergraduate studies, will announce the candidates' names. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

During the morning ceremony, Jonas Hacker, Lake Delton, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in voice performance, will lead the national anthem, and Amelia Lumsden, Baraboo, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in voice performance, will lead the "University Alma Mater." Alexander Collie-Hartmann, Menomonie, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the national anthem at the afternoon ceremony with Benjamin Bedroske, Marshfield, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, leading the "University Alma Mater." The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Casey Sylla, a 1966 education graduate and current president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire, will be presented to Laureen Seeger, a 1983 graduate, and Grace Lau, a 1973 graduate.

Several other alumni will receive awards from the Alumni Association. The Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award will be granted to Dorothy Klasse, a 1974 graduate, Patrick Schillinger, a 1989 graduate, and Sona Mehring, a 1983 graduate.

Esther Heideman, a 1992 graduate, and Jeffrey Madison, a 2001 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. More information about the awards and recipients can be found on the Alumni Association website.

Emily Schulz, Wauwatosa, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in English, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony; James Wagner, Apple Valley, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree, will deliver his "Reflections" speech titled "Lint in the Carpet" at the afternoon ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. The rain site for the reception is the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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

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