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Commencement ceremonies for 1,300 Blugolds set for May 20


Commencement exercises for 1,300 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 20 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony.

Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 1,198 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 499 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 330 from the College of Business, 293 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 76 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 102 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, one Blugold is a candidate for a specialist in education degree and 12 are candidates for a master's degree. Thirty students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business and 37 students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Twenty-two students are candidates for graduate degrees from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, including 20 earning their doctorate of nursing practice degrees and two earning master’s degrees.

At the morning ceremony, Gina Cruciani, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in music degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Autumn Schacherl, Galesville, a candidate for a bachelor of music in applied voice degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater."

At the afternoon ceremony, Emily Pikal, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of music education in choral teaching, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Kyra Moak, Shakopee, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of music education in choral teaching, will lead the "Alma Mater."

Kallie Friede, River Falls, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in mass communication degree, will deliver Blugold Reflections during the morning ceremony.

Madeline Gray, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in English teaching degree, will present Blugold Reflections at the afternoon ceremony.

Mary Laschinger, CEO of Veritiv Corp., 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.

Alumni receiving awards are Catherine Emmanuelle, Nicole Griensewic Mickelson and John Raymond, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Peter Scobie and Randi Scobie, and Richard and Mary Johnson, Lifetime Excellence Award; Mary Laschinger and Elizabeth Willis, President's Award; and Pat Toutant, 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.

Family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend will be able to view the ceremony online at uwec.ly/live.


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