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Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- An estimated 1,716 students will receive degrees from Iowa State University during commencement ceremonies Dec. 19-20.

The undergraduate ceremony will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. An estimated 1,411 students will receive bachelor's degrees.

Iowa State will award an honorary degree to Joanne Eicher, a Regents professor in the area of textiles and apparel at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Eicher has played a key role in developing understanding of and respect for African textiles in the U.S. Over the past 40 years, she has researched textiles and clothing in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Eicher is known for her scholarly study in clothing traditions of this country, beginning with benchmark research in the 1960s on adolescent development and dress as a form of nonverbal communication.

Eicher will briefly address the undergraduate students during the ceremony.

On Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Iowa State will hold its graduate commencement in Stephens Auditorium, where an estimated 77 students will receive doctoral degrees and 228 students will receive master's degrees. Distinguished Professor Patricia Thiel will give the graduate commencement address. Thiel chaired Iowa State's chemistry department from 1999 to 2002, and currently directs a joint materials chemistry research program between ISU and Ames Laboratory.

Tickets are not required for the graduation ceremonies.


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