More than 1,400 Blugolds to graduate May 25

| Judy Berthiaume

Commencement exercises for 1,420 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 25 in Zorn Arena.

This spring, UW-Eau Claire will host three commencement ceremonies to better accommodate the graduates and their guests.

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

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences will receive degrees during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

Candidates from the College of Business will receive degrees during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 1,285 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 537 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 388 from the College of Business, 284 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 76 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 135 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, six Blugolds are candidates for a specialist in education degree and 12 are candidates for a master's degree. Thirty-five students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business and 58 students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Twenty-four students are candidates for graduate degrees from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, with 21 earning their doctor of nursing practice degrees and three earning their master’s degrees.

At the 9 a.m. and 5:30 ceremonies, Emma Cruciani, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of music education in choral degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem.

At the 1:30 p.m. ceremony, Ian Rucker, Oshkosh, a candidate for a bachelor of music in applied voice degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem.

At the 9 a.m. ceremony, Megan Ellison, Stillwater, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of science in elementary education degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."

At the 1:30 p.m. ceremony, Gabriel Feldt, Osceola, a candidate for a bachelor of music in applied voice degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."

At the 5:30 p.m. ceremony, Rucker will lead the "Alma Mater."

Angelica Daley, Shoreview, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of science in elementary education degree, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Leslie Peterson, Balsam Lake, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in communication degree, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

Lauren Brettingen, Waconia, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

Susan Perry-Lindle, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire graduate and a retired intelligence officer, U.S. Pentagon, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at all three ceremonies.

Nine alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients.

Alumni and friends receiving awards are Beatris Mendez-Gandica and Daneille Strong Skibness, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Debra Monroe, Suzannah Sundby and Bill White, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Kurt Mueller, President's Award; and John Behling, Harry Boehm and Michael Holloway, 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.