A virtual commencement ceremony and in-person diploma ceremonies on May 14 and 15 will celebrate 1,646 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students who are graduating this spring.
"Our commencement ceremonies will look different this spring, but I am thrilled that we will come together to celebrate of our graduating students," says Chancellor James Schmidt. "I'm proud of these extraordinary Blugolds, who have accomplished so much despite completing their degrees during these unprecedented times. After seeing them persevere, I have no doubt that they will accomplish wonderful things in the years ahead."
The online commencement ceremony will include "Pomp and Circumstance," congratulatory remarks from Schmidt and Provost Patricia Kleine, Blugold Reflections and an alumni welcome.
Morgan Meyer, a native of Becker, Minnesota, will give the Blugold Reflections. She is a candidate for a bachelor's degree in organizational communication with a minor in workforce engagement and development.
Graduates, families and others can access the virtual event beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. A formal invitation will be sent to graduates during the week leading up to commencement.
Each of UW-Eau Claire's four colleges will have its own in-person diploma ceremony on either Friday, May 14, or Saturday, May 15. At the diploma ceremonies, degrees will be conferred and diplomas handed to each graduate.
The in-person ceremonies will take place on the campus mall, in the green space between Davies Center and Schofield Hall.
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences' in-person event will begin at 4:30 p.m. May 14.
On May 15, in-person diploma ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. for the College of Education and Human Sciences; 1 p.m. for the College of Business; and 4:30 p.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Each graduate will receive two tickets for guests to attend the in-person diploma ceremony with them. Masks, health screenings and physical distancing will be required of all graduates and guests.
The ceremonies also will be livestreamed so other family members and friends can join the celebration.
A slideshow of graduates can be viewed online starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15.
Spring graduates include 1,506 students who are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 652 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 444 from the College of Business, 325 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 85 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
At total of 140 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, 10 students are candidates for an educational specialist degree and 24 are candidates for a master's degree. Thirty-nine students are candidates for master's degrees in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Forty-seven students are candidates for MBAs from the College of Business. Twenty students are candidates for a doctor of nursing practice degree in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
UW-Eau Claire's top priority is the health and safety of graduates, their supporters, faculty and staff and the Eau Claire community. As plans are being finalized, commencement officials are closely monitoring the guidelines provided by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, statewide guidance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of the complex nature of commencement and the evolving public health situation, UW-Eau Claire is prepared to adjust plans as needed.
All commencement plans, event details and links to virtual elements of the activities can be found on UW-Eau Claire's May 2021 commencement website.