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UW-Eau Claire winter commencement held Dec. 20

Winter commencement exercises for 761 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire were held Dec. 20 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences received degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences received degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend were able to view the ceremony online.

A total of 731 students were 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 were master's degree candidates. Of those, five were from the College of Arts and Sciences, 23 were from the College of Business and two were from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

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

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

Nicholas J. Schneider, Eau Claire, a candidate for a bachelor of social work degree, delivered 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, gave 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, delivered the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. The title of his presentation was "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 were 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 presided over the ceremonies and conferred degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia A. Kleine presented the candidates. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and deans of the individual colleges presented master's diplomas and hooded the master's degree candidates. Deans and associate deans of the individual colleges presented the baccalaureate diplomas.

Mitch Freymiller, chair of the University Senate, served as commencement marshal. Students reading the names of candidates for graduation as they receive their diplomas at both ceremonies were Benjamin Thompson Isaac, a junior communication major from Chaska, Minnesota, and Jacob Wrasse, a junior communication major from Durand. Rachel Kohn provided signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at both ceremonies.

A reception for graduates and guests followed each ceremony in Davies Student Center.

Remote-site broadcasts of the ceremonies were presented in the Woodland Theater in Davies Center.