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University of Northern Iowa to host commencements May 10

May 1, 2003

Phil Patton, UNI Registrar, (319) 273-2283
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 10 in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs. At 2 p.m. will be the ceremony for candidates for degrees from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will award honors.

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

The university's Heritage Honours Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments, will be presented as well. This year's winners are Thomas Erving, an earth science teacher at North High School in Davenport and a 1967 alumnus; and Patrick Esser, executive vice president of operations for Cox Communications Inc., in Atlanta, and a 1979 and 1982 alumnus.

Student addresses will be given by Jill Dee Huebner of Marion, a senior who will receive a degree in elementary education and early childhood education; and Adam Philip Humes of Clinton, a senior who will receive a degree in history.

Due to construction projects, those planning to attend the ceremonies should approach the campus from the north.