August commencement eliminated

UW-Eau Claire will no longer hold an August commencement ceremony.

With fewer than half the candidates for graduation participating in the August ceremony, eliminating the ceremony has been discussed for several years, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. Given the fiscal challenges currently facing the university, it made sense to make the change now, he said.

“Planning and hosting a commencement ceremony takes a significant amount of time and resources,” Levin-Stankevich said. “About 80 percent of our graduates participate in the December and May ceremonies, but fewer than 50 percent of the graduates come to the August ceremony. Given the low participation, we will use our staff time and dollars for other things.”

This year, students who graduate in August will be invited to participate in the December ceremonies. In the future, the university may add a third ceremony in May to better accommodate summer graduates.