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News Service:

Annette Hacker, manager,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

04-27-05

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

Iowa State University commencement is May 6-7

AMES, Iowa - An estimated 3,223 students will receive Iowa State degrees during spring commencement May 6-7 at the Iowa State Center.

An estimated 2,693 students will receive bachelor's degrees during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony Saturday, May 7, in Hilton Coliseum. Perry native, writer and philanthropist Roberta Green Ahmanson, who now lives in Orange County, Calif., will give the commencement address. Ahmanson and her husband, Howard Ahmanson, funded restoration of the Hotel Pattee in Perry and a historical museum project called Hometown Perry, Iowa.

During an 8 p.m. ceremony Friday, May 6, in Stephens Auditorium, another 437 students will be honored - 364 master's students and 73 doctoral students. Bruce Thompson, director of Iowa State's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and a Distinguished Professor in engineering (joint appointment in the departments of materials science and engineering and aerospace engineering), will address the graduates. Thompson also is a senior scientist at the Ames Laboratory.

During a noon ceremony in Stephens Saturday, May 7, Iowa State will award an anticipated 93 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. John Melcher, a veterinarian and former U.S. senator from Montana who now works as a consultant to the American Veterinary Medicine Association in Washington, D.C., will give the address. Melcher received his D.V.M. from Iowa State in 1950.

No tickets are needed for the ceremonies.

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