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University of Northern Iowa commencement to take place Saturday, Dec. 21, in the UNI-Dome

December 11, 2002

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Some 650 of the more than 1,000 fall semester candidates for degrees will participate in commencement ceremonies at the University of Northern Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. in the UNI-Dome.

The ceremony will include students graduating from Continuing Education and Special Programs; the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Business Administration and Education; and the Graduate College.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Jay Edelnant , professor of performance studies, is the commencement marshal. The recognition of honors and awards will be conducted by Aaron M. Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The ceremony will begin with a processional, followed by a recognition of honors and awards, a student address by a commencement candidate and the presentation of candidates. Delivering the student address at the ceremony will be Krista Leigh Todd, candidate in biology, from Washington, D.C.

Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: John W. Somervill , Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi (interim dean), College of Business Administration; Rori Carson (associate dean), College of Education; James F. Lubker, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Kichoon Yang, College of Natural Sciences; Julia Wallace, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and, James Bodensteiner (interim dean), Continuing Education and Special Programs.

Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will read the candidates' names, and Marcus Haack of Iowa City, president of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors, will welcome the new graduates on behalf of the association. Music will be provided by the University Brass Ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Burkhardt, associate professor of music.