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UW-Eau Claire commencement set for Dec. 20 in Zorn Arena

Commencement exercises for 761 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 20 in Zorn Arena. 

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 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online. 

A total of 731 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 311 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 127 from the College of Business, 207 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 86 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 30 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, five are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 23 are from the College of Business and two are from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Greetings from the UW System Board of Regents will be presented by Michael J. Falbo, regent president. 

Angela Batterman, Appleton, a candidate for a bachelor of music education, choral degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Adam Minten, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor of music education, choral degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Nathan Rakow, Sparta, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in music, will lead the singing of the national anthem and the "Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Nicholas J. Schneider, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of social work degree, will deliver Blugold Reflections with a speech titled "Perseverance" during the morning ceremony. Zhen Wei Yap, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, will give a presentation titled "Growing Up" 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 I Sleep." Berg is owner and CEO of the G.L. Berg Entertainment talent agency. 

Seven alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. See a related story for more information about the awards and recipients.

Chancellor James C. Schmidt will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia A. Kleine will present the candidates. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and 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 junior 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. 

Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. Remote-site broadcasts of the ceremonies will be presented in the Woodland Theater in Davies Center. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcasts.