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100th spring commencement set for May 21 at UW-Eau Claire

| Judy Berthiaume

Commencement exercises for 1,364 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 21 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 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. Those unable to attend will be able to view the ceremony online.

The May 21 commencement ceremonies will be UW-Eau Claire’s 100th spring commencement. Founded in 1916, the university will kick off its official Centennial Celebration on commencement day.

A total of 1,282 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 583 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 352 from the College of Business, 272 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 75 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 82 students are candidates for graduate or doctoral degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, 11 are candidates for master's degrees and three are candidates for a specialist in education degree. Other master's degree candidates include 25 from the College of Business and 19 from the College of Education and Human Sciences. In the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 24 students are candidates for doctor of nursing practice degrees.

At the morning ceremony, Adam Accola, Mondovi, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Megan Sorenson, Onalaska, a candidate for a bachelor's degree in elementary education and music will lead the university's "Alma Mater."

At the afternoon ceremony, Sebastian Armendariz, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Laura Schachner, Muskego, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in applied voice, will lead the "Alma Mater."

John Reuter, Elgin, Illinois, a candidate for a bachelor of kinesiology degree in movement studies, will deliver the Blugold Reflections speech during the morning ceremony. Benjamin Thompson Isaac, Chaska, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of communications degree in liberal arts, will give the Blugold Reflections presentation at the afternoon ceremony.

Charles Szews, who earned a UW-Eau Claire degree in 1978, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. Szews, who retired as CEO of Oshkosh Corp., will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association on May 21.

Seven alumni will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. Those receiving awards are Hiep Cong Nguyen, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; William Domina and Scott VanderSanden, President’s Award; Felix Cisneros Caballero and John Hecht, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; and Mary Jo Quinn and Charles Szews, Lifetime Excellence Award.

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.