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All things commencement May 2024: Ceremonies, graduates, honorees and more

For details on all the facts and faces of spring commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, see the links to stories below for all you need to know about the final ceremony to be held in Zorn Arena and the people making the occasion even more special. 

For details on livestreaming of ceremonies, visit the Spring 2024 Commencement website

Final commencement in Zorn Arena is May 18 

The 100,000th graduate to receive a diploma at Zorn Arena will be among the 1,485 UW-Eau Claire students at commencement exercises, the last in the facility. Next fall’s commencement will be the first in the new Sonnentag Event Center. 

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Meet graduating Blugolds: 

Emily Fox, May 2024 accounting graduate from Osceola

College of Business grad is confident, comfortable entering the realm of business

As accounting major Emily Fox from Osceola ends this final semester before graduation, she does so with the added pride of reaching her goal of a four-year degree. She kept her eye on the prize and did the hard work to cross the finish line as planned. 

Read Emily's story.

Albert Lin

UW-Eau Claire student, firefighter Albert Lin serves the greater good

A college student by day and firefighter by night, Lin has responded to several emergency calls, all of which have taught him how to respond according to the situation while helping people in the community.

View Albert's video story.

Paige Williams

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County helps grad focus on the future

Paige Williams bounced around different schools growing up, but she found a home at the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County over the past two years.

Read Paige's story.

Teagan Jones

Graduate is an outstanding nursing student, All-American athlete

Teagan Jones had never heard of Eau Claire before visiting UW-Eau Claire as a high school student in Illinois. Now, as she prepares to graduate, she couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Read Teagan's story.

Kyra Saylor in a HSS room, sitting on a table

Next step grad school, again as a Blugold, for CSD major Kyra Saylor

Kyra Saylor is looking forward to graduation, heading home for the summer, coaching softball and taking a break from school. But not for too long. She will resume her Blugold studies in the master's degree program for speech-language pathology this fall.

Read Kyra's story.

students in chemistry lab using a long syringe to get a foam into a tube

First cohort of Blugold Biomedical Innovator Scholars set to graduate

The spring 2024 commencement also marks the graduation of the first Blugold Biomedical Innovator Scholars cohort. Nine students who began medical science research in 2020 are off next to work in industry, attend medical school or seek Ph.D.s. 

Read about the biomedical researchers.

Learn about honorees:

Two Mayo Clinic Health System physicians will receive honorary doctorates at UW-Eau Claire

Dr. Richard Helmers, regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin, and Dr. Tim Nelson, director of innovation for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin, will receive honorary doctorates of science. 

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Four to be honored with Alumni Association awards

The alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will receive Alumni Association awards on Friday, May 17. Recipients are John Rosenow, Nancy Langer, Gary Jacobus and Jerry M. Bauer.

Read the alumni story.