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Commencement set for May 18 in Zorn Arena

May 10, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — Commencement exercises for students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 18 in Zorn Arena.

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

A total of 1,221 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 552 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 301 from the College of Business, 273 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 95 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 10 students are candidates for doctoral degrees in nursing.

A total of 93 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, five are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 31 are from the College of Business, 26 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 31 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Tomas Dominguez, Mukwonago, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in applied voice, will lead the national anthem and Emily Klink, Baraboo, also a candidate for a bachelor of music degree in applied voice, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Kyle Sonnemann, Waukesha, a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the national anthem and Stephanie Fedderly, Reedsburg, also a candidate for a bachelor of choral music education degree, will lead the university's "Alma Mater" at the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Faculty Brass Quintet will provide music for both ceremonies.

Kathleen Beth Bloechl, Marshfield, a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in nursing, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Kelsey Sue Joosten, Port Edwards, a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders, will deliver "Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony.

CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring, a 1983 alumnus who graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" for both ceremonies.

Six additional alumni will be recognized at the commencement ceremonies as UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association award recipients. See a related news release for more information about the awards and recipients.

Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia A. Kleine will present the candidates. Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present doctoral diplomas and hood the doctor of nursing practice degree candidates. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and deans of the specific colleges will present master's diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs, Brian Carlisle, dean of students, and the deans of the specific colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Dr. Robert Knight, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate studies, and Dr. Jennifer Chapman, associate professor of theatre arts, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony. Knight and Dr. Jill Prushiek, interim associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences, will announce the candidates' names at the afternoon ceremony. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing at both ceremonies.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Ojibwe Ballroom (Room 330) of Davies Center.

Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. There will be remote-site broadcasts of the ceremonies in Woodland Theater and the Ojibwe Ballroom, both in Davies Center. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcasts.

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