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UNI prepares for spring Commencement

April 29, 2014
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Philip Patton, university registrar, registrar's office, 319-273-2244, philip.patton@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host three spring Commencement ceremonies this year. The ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 9. 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 10. The ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10. All ceremonies are in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus and will also be streamed live at live.uni.edu.

The speaker for the graduate student ceremony is Michelle Czarnecki, a post-secondary education graduate student from Bettendorf. The Commencement marshal is Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre. Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will read the names of the graduates. Thirteen students will be visiting from Hong Kong to receive their Masters in Business Administration.

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 Diane Ihimbazwe, a health promotion major from Rwanda. The Commencement marshal is John Vallentine, professor of music and director of the School of Music. 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 KaLeigh White, a senior from Ottumwa majoring in public administration and sociology. The Commencement marshal will also be John Vallentine. Names of graduates will be read by Berghammer and Penelope O'Connor, instructor in communication studies.

Immediately following the ceremonies on Saturday, there will be a reception at the Eldon Miller Plaza with light snacks and beverages. Friday's reception will take place at the McLeod concourse. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual spring Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 10, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Two students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The speaker at the ceremony will be UNI President Bill Ruud.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or philip.patton@uni.edu.