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Iowa State graduation set for May 5-6
AMES, Iowa -- An estimated 3,224 students will receive degrees from Iowa State during spring commencement events scheduled for May 5-6 on campus.
The undergraduate ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, in Hilton Coliseum, where 2,681 students are expected to receive bachelor's degrees. ISU alumnus Vance Coffman will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the university and address the graduates.
Coffman, who received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1967, is the retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of aerospace manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Md. He joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. as an entry-level engineer in 1967 and worked his way to executive vice president by 1988. Following the company's merger with Martin Marietta in 1995, he became president of the new company in 1996 and chairman and CEO in 1998.
The ceremony for master's and doctoral students is 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Stephens Auditorium. An estimated 437 students (95 Ph.D. and 342 master's candidates) will be honored.
University Professor of food science and human nutrition Pam White will give the address. For two years, White served as interim dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and after last July's college merger, the new College of Human Sciences for several months. In her research, she works with corn, oats and soybeans to manipulate and evaluate starch, oil and soluble fiber composition.
The College of Veterinary Medicine expects to confer 106 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees during a noon ceremony Saturday, May 6, also in Stephens Auditorium.
Dr. Beth Lautner, who recently resigned as director of the federal Plum Island (New York) Animal Disease Facility, will give the address. A resident of Johnston, Lautner also served as vice president of science and technology for the National Pork Board, Clive (2001-04).