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UW-Eau Claire winter commencement set for Dec. 16

| Judy Berthiaume

Commencement exercises for 665 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 16 in Zorn Arena.

Those not able to attend in person can watch a livestream of the ceremonies. 

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony.

Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 629 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 230 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 159 from the College of Business, 168 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 72 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 36 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, one Blugold is a candidate for a specialist in education degree and three are candidates for a master's degree. Twenty-five students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business and six students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences. From the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, one student is earning a doctor of nursing practice degree.

At the morning ceremony, Rachel Lavender, Galesville, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in public history, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Logan Johnson, Owatonna, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in integrated strategic communication, will lead the university's "Alma Mater."

At the afternoon ceremony, Matt Laudenbach, Clear Lake, Minnesota, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Mariah Sands, Eleva, also a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."

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

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

RG Conlee, retired senior vice president and chief innovation officer for Xerox, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.

Six 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 Dang Yang, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Mitchell Bleske and RG Conlee, President's Award; and Randall Larson and Shawn Pfaff, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Nick Meyer will receive the 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.