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Class of 2020 Commencement

Celebrating May and December Grads

Missed the live ceremony? Don't worry, the recording will be available for viewing on Monday, December 21. Share your support and your virtual celebrations on social media using #uwecgrad.

Virtual Walks Across the Stage

Participating graduates appear in alphabetical order by last name, beginning with advanced degrees and finishing with baccalaureate degrees. See our program for a complete listing of graduates.

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Business

College of Education & Human Sciences

College of Nursing & Health Sciences


More Graduation Celebrations

Senior Shoutout

Navigating college is a journey. As students prepared for commencement, we asked them who they would like to thank.



Messages from Faculty & Staff

This has been a year unlike any other. But through it all, the graduating class of 2020 has proven they were up to meeting the challenges put in front of them. In true Blugold fashion, they came through with flying colors, and are now ready to make their mark in the world!

Class of 2020 Social Media Toolkit

Let the world know you are now a proud Blugold alum with a virtual photo frame, Facebook cover photo, temporary profile picture, virtual graduation cap, badge, and more! 

Get the goods here

Tag us in your photos using #uwecgrad

Jessica Reindahl balanced her final semester in UW-Eau Claire's nursing program this fall with caring for her three children during a pandemic.

Dreams fulfilled for UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate

Jessica Reindahl had big dreams growing up as an only child in a patriotic military family — she wanted to fly, serve her country and, finally, help people.

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Monique Morales Briand and Mirella Espino in Cuba, 2018

December grad connecting her culture, passions and skills

For Dec. 19 graduate Monique Morales Briand, finding a path that combined her business acumen, her Hispanic heritage and her Spanish-first language skills led her to wide-ranging undergraduate experiences and success.

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As a Blugold, Callie Vogel found a variety of experiences on campus, in the community and in other parts of the world that helped her gain the knowledge, experiences and confidence she needs to pursue a career in medicine.

New grad tackles health inequalities

A research project that took Callie Vogel into area jails to document health inequalities was one of the most meaningful experiences she had as a Blugold and helped to solidify her plans to pursue a career in medicine.

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Jacob Erickson has known since elementary school that he wanted to study geology in college. As he prepares to graduate, he says his geology professors at UW-Eau Claire gave him a college experience that exceeded his already high expectations.

New grad finds his niche in geology

Jacob Erickson has known since elementary school that he wanted to study geology in college. Thanks to UW-Eau Claire's talented geology faculty, following his academic dreams was an even better experience than he could have imagined.

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Payton Kaldenberg, who will graduate this month with a nursing degree, worked to help people living in rural areas access information about critical issues that can impact their health.

Making rural communities healthier

Nursing major Payton Kaldenberg led a research project that aims to educate rural communities about climate change and other environmental issues that affect the health of people living in those areas.

Learn more about Payton
Casey Moua

A dual-identity journey

For December 2020 grad Casey Moua, the end of the undergraduate journey brings not only a valuable degree in communication and social work, but also a new sense of self, one fortified by hard work, exploration and healing.

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Natasia “Tai” McDougall adopted her rescue horse Major more than a year ago. She would like to operate her own equine ranch one day.

Equestrian club helps UW-Eau Claire senior find her pathway

Senior Natasia "Tai" McDougall found her niche in college through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire equestrian club, bringing horses back into her life and sparking a dream to start her own business one day.

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Iman Dikko

Supported for success

International students have support services and resources to reach their academic goals, but missing home and family still can be difficult. One graduating senior from Nigeria, Iman Dikko, is grateful for the Blugolds she now calls a second family.

Learn more about Iman
Erika Nguyen found a passion for psychology, research and advocacy during her years as a Blugold.

Raising her voice to make change

After years of caring for a brother who has autism, Erika Nguyen knew she wanted a career that focuses on helping people. She found the path she was looking for in psychology. As a Blugold, she also found her voice as an advocate.

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Senior Cameron Wingren (center) says being part of an international research team that helped to locate and excavate a historic site in Lithuania is shaping how he thinks about being part of a global community as well as his future career.

Research prepares Blugold for future success

Cameron Wingren's geography studies offered him the kinds of outside-the-classroom experiences — including research that took him across the globe — that were so meaningful that they changed how he thinks about the world and his future career.

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Brock Orton

New grad thrives with help of campus community

When Brock Orton graduates from UW-Eau Claire this spring he will take with him something that may be even more important than his degree in finance — powerful lessons that already are helping him live a better life.

Read more about Brock
Liam Barnes, a Blugold who is graduating after just two years, spent a summer studying abroad at the London School of Economics.

On the fast track

You know those bright and ambitious teens who always seems a bit wiser than their years? Liam Barnes is one of them. The 19-year-old will graduate from UW-Eau Claire after just two years with a major in political science and a minor in economics.

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Kristie Ash in a hammock

Turning obstacles into strengths

Her chosen career field might be IT consulting, but Kristie Ash will take into any field an established and powerful background in cultural identity advocacy work, a proven experience helping organizations value intersectionality and inclusion.

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Studying abroad in India was a highlight of Megan Hansen's time as a Blugold.

Blugold graduates after wild ride

When Megan Hansen talks about her time at UW-Eau Claire, it sounds like she’s describing a ride on a roller coaster, complete with many surprise twists and turns, as well as plenty of extreme ups and downs. Fortunately, she has learned to enjoy the ride.

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Lydia Ishmael made the most of the many opportunities she found on and off campus during her years at UW-Eau Claire.

Embracing opportunities

Lydia Ishmael has been creating art since she was a young girl. But it was a plethora of experiences she found as a Blugold on and off campus that helped the new grad see where her artistic talents and passions can take her.

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Vanessa Evenson and Vincent Xiong are the newest officers hired by University Police.

Keeping Blugolds safe

Two new officers hired by University Police this fall will add ethnic and gender diversity to University Police. Vincent Xiong is the unit's first Hmong officer, and Vanessa Evenson adds another female officer to the 11-officer department.

Learn more about Vincent and Vanessa
Austin Burzynski is the fifth from his family to graduate from UW-Eau Claire.

Blugold legacy

Austin Burzynski was set to be the fifth in his family to walk across the stage in Zorn Arena during a UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremony. While COVID-19 canceled the ceremony, Burzynski still is celebrating being part of his family's Blugold legacy.

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UW-Eau Claire senior Zixuan (Jason) Jiang worked as an intern this summer for NBA China.

Hoop dreams

Zixuan (Jason) Jiang was a basketball loving teen in China when he decided to plan his future career around his favorite sport. First stop on his way to making his basketball dreams come true? UW-Eau Claire, of course.

Learn more about Zixuan (Jason)
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