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Kathleen Jones, Registrar, (515) 294-0754
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University will award more than 900 degrees during a single summer graduation ceremony Saturday, Aug. 9, in Hilton Coliseum.

Lauro Cavazos, U.S. Secretary of Education for more than two years during the Ronald Reagan and George Bush administrations (September 1988 to December 1990), and an Iowa State alumnus, will give the commencement address.

An estimated 591 students will receive bachelor's degrees during the ceremony. Another 258 will receive master's degrees and 67 will receive Ph.D. awards. All graduating students will walk across the stage, be greeted by President Gregory Geoffroy and their college dean and have their names announced as they receive their diplomas.

Cavazos, a native Texan, received bachelor's and master's degrees (zoology) at Texas Tech before completing a Ph.D. in physiology from Iowa State in 1954. Currently, he is a professor of family medicine and community health in the Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. He also was on the Tufts faculty from 1964 to 1980 and from 1991 to 1996, serving as dean of the medical school from 1975 to 1980.

From 1980 to 1988, Cavazos returned to Texas Tech as the university's president, the first Hispanic and first alumnus to hold the post. He departed to accept Reagan's cabinet appointment. Cavazos' confirmation as education secretary by the U.S. Senate was unanimous.

Another Iowa State alumnus, Roy Whistler, was to receive an honorary doctorate of science degree at the commencement ceremony. Due to health considerations, Whistler received the degree June 5 in West Lafayette, Ind., from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Benjamin Allen.

Whistler, the internationally recognized leader in carbohydrate research for more than half a century, received a Ph.D. in plant chemistry from Iowa State in 1938. Most of his career was as a faculty member at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

Whistler is best known for his work in identifying industrial uses for agricultural crops. He helped develop the use of guar (a legume) gum, which gives whipped toppings and ice cream a creamy texture, and starch amylose, a substance used to make hard, translucent gumdrops.

Both a research center and an agricultural research building on the Purdue campus bear Whistler's name.

The commencement ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are not needed.


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