CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host four Commencement ceremonies this year. Two ceremonies will take place for students receiving graduate degrees. The first will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 8, in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The second ceremony will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 9, in GBPAC.
The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the Colleges of Education and Business Administration, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 9, in the McLeod Center. The ceremony for undergraduates receiving degrees from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the McLeod Center.
The speaker for the graduate student ceremony on Friday, May 8, is Heather Place, a post-secondary education in student affairs graduate student. Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will read the names of the graduates. The speaker for the second graduate student ceremony is Michael Western, a master's in business administration graduate student. Elaine Eshbaugh, professor of applied human sciences, will read the names of the graduates.
The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education and Business Administration, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs is Ariana Aquilani, a senior arts in accounting major. The names will be read by Deirdre Heistad, associate professor of languages and director of the Liberal Arts Core, and Nichole Zumbach Harken, instructor in communication studies.
The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences is Daniel Yehieli, a senior majoring in criminology and global studies. Names of graduates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, and Penelope O'Connor, instructor in communication studies.
There will be a reception immediately following each ceremony with light snacks and beverages provided. Receptions for the graduate ceremonies will take place in the GBPAC lobby. Receptions for the undergraduate ceremonies will take place at the Eldon Miller Plaza. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.
The individuals receiving honorary degrees are Gayle Rose, Tom Harkin and Nancy Powell. Rose is a UNI School of Music alumna and the founder, principal owner and current CEO of Electronic Vaulting Services Corporation. Harkin served for 40 years in Congress and played a vital role in expanding access to education as a co-sponsor of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Powell graduated from UNI as a history and teaching education major. She is now a foreign service officer and holds the rank of career ambassador, the highest in the United States Foreign Service.
The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual spring Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Seven students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The speaker at the ceremony will be UNI President Bill Ruud.