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Spring commencement to be held May 23

Spring commencement exercises for 1,362 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 23 in Zorn Arena. Get details about the big day.

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. Those unable to attend will be able to view the ceremony online

A total of 1,270 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 576 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 321 from the College of Business, 271 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 102 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 

A total of 92 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, eight are candidates for master's degrees and three are candidates for specialist in education degrees. Other master's degree candidates include 38 from the College of Business, 22 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and four from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Seventeen students are candidates for the doctor of nursing practice degree.

Greetings from the UW System Board of Regents will be presented by Regina Millner, regent vice president.

Kelly Noltner, Monona, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in applied voice, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Victoria Smith, Two Rivers, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in music and Spanish, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Rachael McIlquham, Chippewa Falls, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree in choral teaching, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Eric Leih, Merrill, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree in choral teaching, will lead the "Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Nathan Ejuwa, Eagan, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication, will deliver Blugold Reflections with a speech titled "Reflection" during the morning ceremony. Ashley Rolf, Neenah, a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders, will give a presentation titled "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" at the afternoon ceremony. 

Gary L. Berg, a 1979 UW-Eau Claire graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in English, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. The title of his presentation is "And Miles to Go Before We Sleep." Berg is owner and CEO of the G.L. Berg Entertainment talent agency. 

Eight alumni of UW-Eau Claire will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. Those receiving awards are Shaun P. Merriman and Gary L. Berg (Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award); Dr. Kevin Kjos (President's Award); Tuan Nguyen (Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award); and Dennis Loney, John Skoug, and Tom and Jeannie Flesch (Lifetime Excellence Award). 

Chancellor James C. Schmidt will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia A. Kleine will present the candidates. Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, along with program advisers, will present doctoral diplomas and hood the doctoral candidates. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and deans and associate deans of the individual colleges will present master's diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Deans and associate deans of the individual colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas.

Mitch Freymiller, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Students reading the names of candidates for graduation as they receive their diplomas at both ceremonies will be Benjamin Thompson Isaac, a junior communication major from Chaska, Minnesota, and Jacob Wrasse, a senior communication major from Durand. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at both ceremonies. 

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Marketplace on the first floor of 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.