Winter commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 22

| Judy Berthiaume

Commencement exercises for 704 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 22 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.

Family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend will be able to view the ceremony online at uwec.ly/live. Also, remote-site live broadcasts of the ceremonies will be presented in the Woodland Theater and the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center.

A total of 670 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 244 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 156 from the College of Business, 212 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 58 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 34 students are candidates for graduate degrees. In the College of Arts and Sciences, six Blugolds are candidates for a specialist in education degree and nine are candidates for a master's degree. Twenty-five students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business, and three students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

At the morning ceremony, Matthew Pfantz, Merrill, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Kevin Ruhl, Wausau, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater."

At the afternoon ceremony, Jamison Wendlandt, Chetek, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Olivia Willett, Osceola, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."

Sarah Beck, Wausau, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in English degree, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the morning ceremony.

Sidney Barnette, Andover, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts in integrated communication degree, will present "Blugold Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

Bert Colianni, CEO of Marquette Companies, and Suzie Colianni, retired owner/operator of Ski-Away Inc., will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.

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

Alumni and friends receiving awards are Bert and Suzie Colianni, Lifetime Excellence Award; David Larson, President's Award; Angelica Hambrick and Angela Pittman Taylor, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Shawn Everhart and Erin Klaus, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; and Willie Green, 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.