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UW-Eau Claire to celebrate newest graduates during May 19 ceremonies

| Judy Berthiaume

Commencement exercises for 1,342 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 19 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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 1,226 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 511 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 358 from the College of Business, 270 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 87 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 116 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, four Blugolds are candidates for a specialist in education degree and nine are candidates for a master's degree. Thirty-eight students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business and 39 students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Twenty-six students are candidates for graduate degrees from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, all earning their doctorate of nursing practice degrees.

At the morning ceremony, Sarah Joosten, Cameron, a candidate for a bachelor of music education in choral degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Audra Boettge, Hartford, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater."

At the afternoon ceremony, Ellie Masias, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in liberal arts degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Lucas Jordan, Green Bay, a candidate for a bachelor of music education in choral degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."

Adam Duffy, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in political science degree, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the morning ceremony.

Natalie Hegna, Lakeville, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration in accounting degree, will present "Blugold Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods, retired dean of nursing at the University of Washington, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.

Nine alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients.

Alumni receiving awards are Shaughnessy Murphy, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Marcia Van Beek, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Jason Craig and Raymond Skwierczynski, President's Award; Jane Webert Moore, James Moore and Nancy Fugate Woods, Lifetime Excellence Award; and Larry Schnoor, Honorary Alumnus Award. (Read more about the Alumni Association award recipients.)

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

Family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend will be able to view the ceremony online at uwec.ly/live.