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UW-Eau Claire diploma ceremony to allow two guests

| Gary Johnson

Students graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in May can invite two guests to an in-person diploma ceremony.

Chancellor James Schmidt announced that UW-Eau Claire has worked with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department to ensure the safety of those who attend one of the diploma ceremonies on May 14 and 15 on the Eau Claire campus.

“We know how important it is for families and friends to witness this momentous accomplishment,” Schmidt says.

UW-Eau Claire has planned a hybrid commencement with a virtual graduation ceremony and in-person diploma events at the Eau Claire campus.

The formal ceremony with speeches will be virtual, allowing students and their supporters to gather at an off-campus location. The virtual event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15.

All graduating students also are invited to walk across the stage on campus in person, by college, to receive a diploma with two guests in attendance. The four in-person diploma ceremonies will be on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15.

Health screenings, masks and physical distancing will be required for all guests at the diploma ceremony. Masks must be worn at all times on campus. Guests will need to bring their own chairs.

Tickets will be collected at multiple sites on campus.

If it rains, Davies Center will be used for the diploma ceremonies and no guests will be allowed.

More information about spring 2021 commencement events can be found on the commencement website.

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County will have an outdoor ceremony with diploma distribution on Thursday, May 13. For information about the ceremony, contact campus director Brittany Nielsen at