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Purple and Old Gold' awards announced at University of Northern Iowa commencement<br>

May 22, 2002

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 54 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 11, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are ____(Name)____ of ____(Hometown)____. He/She is being honored for ____(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)____ in ____(area)____ from the ____(college)____.

Since 1939, more than 1,650 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently awards may be in 45 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement in particular areas.

Note to editors: to obtain a complete listing of the winners, please contact the Office of Un iversity Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.