Photo caption: A total of 682 students will receive their degrees in two separate ceremonies.
Commencement exercises will be held for 682 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during two ceremonies on Dec. 16 in Zorn Arena.
Candidates for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony.
College of Business and College of Education and Human Sciences students will receive their degrees during the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.
A total of 624 students are candidates for bachelor’s degrees, including 252 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 128 from the College of Business, 182 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 62 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
A total of 58 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, two students are candidates for a specialist in education degree and 12 Blugolds are candidates for master’s degrees. Forty-three students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Business and one student is a candidate for a master’s degree from the College of Education and Human Sciences.
During the 9 a.m. ceremony, the alma mater will be led by William Malueg of McFarland, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in applied voice teaching.
During the 1:30 p.m. ceremony, the alma mater will be led by Casey Hilts of Ashland, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree in choral teaching.
Heng Jin Ying of Malaysia, a candidate for a master of science in education degree in school psychology, will deliver “Blugold Reflections” during the morning ceremony.
Megan Gosian of Maple Grove, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of science in elementary and special education degree, will deliver “Blugold Reflections” in the afternoon ceremony.
Dr. Pamela Matson, who will deliver the “Charge to the Class” at both ceremonies, will be recognized as the third UW-Eau Claire graduate to receive an honorary doctorate. Matson, considered one of the leading climate and sustainability scientists in the world, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
In addition to Matson, six other alumni and friends of the university will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. Alumni and friends receiving awards are Bill McCoshen, Honorary Alumnus Award; Noah Wiedenfeld, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Charity Thunder (posthumously), President’s Award; Dr. Heidi Gurung and Hugh Jones, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; and Mark VanderWerf, Lifetime Excellence Award.
Ceremonies will be broadcast live on the UW-Eau Claire website, as well as on Facebook and YouTube.