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Winter commencement set for Dec. 21 at UW-Eau Claire

| Denise Olson

Commencement exercises for 689 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 21 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 652 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 266 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 135 from the College of Business, 181 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 70 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 37 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 five are candidates for a master's degree. Twenty-four students are candidates for master's degrees from the College of Business and five students are candidates for master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Sciences. From the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, two students are earning a doctor of nursing practice degree.

At the morning ceremony, Eliza Morris, of Ripon, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in choral applied voice, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Carlos Rojo, of St. Francis, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in music, will lead the university's "Alma Mater."

At the afternoon ceremony, Cally O'Leary, of New Glarus, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem, and Nicole Bergquist, of Rochester, Minnesota, also a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the "Alma Mater."

Seth Reinhard, of Manitowoc, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in political science, will deliver "Blugold Reflections" during the morning ceremony.

Hannah Metry, of Onalaska, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in English teaching, will present "Blugold Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

UW-Eau Claire alumna Beatris Mendez-Gandica, a 2013 information systems graduate, 2018 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award winner and security program manager for Microsoft, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.

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

Alumni receiving awards are Bridget Osborn and Abigail Zimmer, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Timothy J. Murphy and Jane Trimble Johanos, Lifetime Excellence Award; and Johnny Washington, Andrew Neesley, David Whitman and Kristie Franz, President's 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 of Davies Center.