NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect a new starting time of 10 a.m. for the morning commencement ceremony on Dec. 17.
Commencement exercises for 712 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena.
Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 10 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend will be able to view the ceremony online at uwec.ly/live.
A total of 688 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 279 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 142 from the College of Business, 186 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 81 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
A total of 24 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, two are candidates for specialist in education degrees and one is a candidate for a master's degree. Other master's degree candidates include 19 from the College of Business and two from the College of Education and Human Sciences.
At the morning ceremony, Andrea Jackson, La Crescent, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of music education in choral teaching degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Alissa Peanasky, Faribault, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of social work degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater." At the afternoon ceremony, Joseph Sletner, Altoona, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in theatre arts degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Austin Caldie, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor of music in piano performance degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."
Dylan Lange, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration and political science degree, will deliver Blugold Reflections during the morning ceremony. Danielle Graf, Germantown, a candidate for a bachelor of science in music degree, will present Blugold Reflections at the afternoon ceremony.
Joseph Webb Jr., who earned his master's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2011 will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.
Ten alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. Those receiving awards are Sean Carey and Joseph Webb Jr., Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Nancy Rice Baker and Mark Faanes, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Jeffrey Cote, President's Award; and Dr. David Baker, Edmund Manydeeds III, Rudy Pereira, and Tim and Sue Rogge, Honorary Alumnus Award. (Read more about the Alumni Association award recipients.)
A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Marketplace on the first floor of the W.R. Davies Student Center.
Remote-site live broadcasts of the ceremonies will be presented in the Woodland Theater and the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center.