Commencement exercises for 677 graduates at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be Saturday, Dec. 17, in Zorn Arena.
Those not able to attend in person can watch a livestream of the ceremonies.
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 1:30 p.m. ceremony.
A total of 627 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 272 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 117 from the College of Business, 180 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 58 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
A total of 50 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, 11 students are candidates for a master's degree. Thirty-eight students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business and one is a candidate for a master’s degree from the College of Education and Human Sciences.
During both ceremonies, the national anthem will be led by Erica Birenbaum of Plymouth and Haley Corcoran of Kaukauna, both candidates for a bachelor of music education degree in choral teaching.
During the morning ceremony, the "Alma Mater" will be led by Hannah DeYoung of Wausau, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree in choral teaching. For the afternoon ceremony, that tradition will be carried on by Asiah Doyle of Verona, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in theatre.
Claire Courtney of Hudson, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in social work, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the morning ceremony.
Courtney says the chance to deliver her "Blugold Reflections" is the ideal cap off to her student journey.
"My journey in college has been far from easy or traditional, with many twists and turns throughout," Courtney says. "The chance to end my time at the university with something as momentous as a commencement address feels like proof to myself that I have truly made it and have overcome my challenges. Addressing my peers, their loved ones and the esteemed university faculty is such an honor for me."
Jennifer Claflin of Hastings, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, will present "Blugold Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.
"My decision to submit my speech for the student address was inspired by my older brother," Claflin says. "He gave the student address at his high school graduation, and I remember being so proud of him. I graduated from high school in 2020, so we did not have a commencement ceremony because of COVID-19. My commencement address is an opportunity to thank my brother for being such a role model for me when times were so difficult."
One of the 2022 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award winners, Camila Mennitte Pereyra '18, a freelance drummer and composer based in Chicago, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.
Along with Mennitte Pereyra, four other UW-Eau Claire alumni will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients.
They are Dr. Katie (Van De Hey) Landgraf, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Dale Peters, Lifetime Excellence Award; Paul Smith, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; and Dean Kallenbach, Honorary Alumnus Award. (Read more about the Alumni Association award recipients.)