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More than 3,000 to receive diplomas at Iowa State's May 9-10 ceremonies

AMES, Iowa -- An estimated 3,113 students will receive degrees from Iowa State University at the conclusion of the spring semester. Graduation activities will be held May 9-10. Tickets are not required for any of the commencement ceremonies.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Hilton Coliseum, where an estimated 2,576 students will receive bachelor's degrees.

ISU alumnus Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University since 2002, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters and give the commencement address. Crow is being honored "for outstanding leadership in higher education and for exceptional service to ISU and the state of Iowa in developing science and technology initiatives."

Crow received his bachelor's degree (1977) in political science and environmental science from Iowa State. He returned to Iowa State in 1985 as director of science policy and research and helped found the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, which he led from 1988 to 1991. He served in various capacities in the provost office at Columbia University, New York City, from 1991 to 2002, before taking the head job at Arizona State.

Crow helped found the Center for Science Policy and Outcomes in Washington, D.C., dedicated to linking science and technology to desired social, economic and environmental outcomes. In 2003, the center was reestablished at Arizona State as the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes.

The graduate commencement ceremony will honor an anticipated 106 Ph.D. students and 325 master's students at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Stephens Auditorium. Sedahlia Crase, professor of human development and family studies and 2007-08 president of the Faculty Senate, will address the graduates. Crase's research focuses on parenting and parent education, including parenting attitudes and behaviors. In addition to scholarly publications, she contributes regularly to more popular venues on parenting.

A total of 106 students will receive their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at noon Saturday, May 10, in Stephens. Former faculty member and entrepreneur Dr. W. Eugene Lloyd will address the graduates. Lloyd received his D.V.M. in 1949 and a Ph.D. in 1970 in veterinary pathology and served on the faculty from 1974 to 1984. Lloyd and his wife, Linda Lloyd, contributed $3.5 million for the expansion and renovation of the veterinary teaching hospital, which opens this fall and has been named for them.

Passing of the ram head

Iowa State's undergraduate ceremony May 10 will include a tradition being done for just the third time -- the passing of a (wooden) ram head.

The ram head graced a chapel column in Iowa State's Old Main, which was badly damaged and then destroyed by fires in 1900 and 1902. While digging through the ruins, faculty members Edgar Stanton and O.H. Cessna found the ram head and kept it as a symbol of "new education" provided by Iowa State. Following their deaths, it was presented to Arloe Paul, class of 1933, with instructions to guard it for 25 years and pass it on to the Century class of 1958.

The tradition has continued, and every 25 years it is passed on by the class president. At the May 10 undergraduate ceremony, Kevin Drury, class of 1983, will pass on the ram head to Jesse Truax, class of 2008.


Quick look

Undergraduate commencement

Saturday, May 10, 1:30 p.m., Hilton
An estimated 2,576 students
Address by Michael Crow

Graduate commencement

Friday, May 9, 8 p.m., Stephens
An anticipated 106 Ph.D. students and 325 master's students
Address by Sedahlia Crase

Veterinary Medicine commencement

Saturday, May 10, noon, Stephens
106 students
Address by Dr. W. Eugene Lloyd