Events

Annual Events

Convocation

UNI President Ben Allen

Convocation is held at the beginning of each academic year, a time when the president can welcome everyone back to campus, recognize excellence and set the tone for the year.

Commencement

A student at commencement

Commencement is conducted for the spring semester, in early May, and for the fall semester, in December.

Special Speakers/Events

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

Speaking at the Spring 2011 Commencement, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged graduates to find the passion within themselves and follow it wherever it takes them. “You will have some false starts and setbacks along the way,” she continued. “But I promise you that if you keep listening to yourself and keep yourself open to new possibilities, new people, and new ways of thinking, you will find a place in this world that feels right for you.”

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet was welcomed to the University of Northern Iowa by a sell-out crowd of more than 5,400 people at two sessions in the McLeod Center.

DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and CEO of DuPont, spoke at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus on March 4, 2010. As the inaugural speaker in a new distinguished guest lecture series featuring top corporate leaders, Kullman discussed how science plays a large role in today's business environment and shared four key leadership behaviors.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to an audience of more than 1,000 people in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus on April 24, 2009. Duncan was interrupted by applause numerous times as he discussed the $411 million in economic stimulus money targeted for Iowa education, priorities in education reform, and changes to improve the No Child Left Behind.