Iowa State University

Debbie Lettow, Commencement Coordinator, (515) 294-2754
Anne Dolan, University Relations, (515) 294-7065


AMES, Iowa -- An estimated 1,650 students will receive degrees during Iowa State University's two fall commencement ceremonies next weekend. During the graduate ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in C. Y. Stephens Auditorium, approximately 210 students will receive master's degrees and another 100 will receive their Ph.D. awards. Walt Fehr, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and professor of agronomy, will give the address, titled "The Delicate Balance."

The undergraduate ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Hilton Coliseum. The earlier start time accommodates the ISU Holiday Classic men's basketball tournament in Hilton that evening. An estimated 1,325 students will receive bachelor's degrees. Richard McCormick, chairman, president and chief executive officer of US West Inc., will speak. A Fort Dodge native, McCormick received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Iowa State in 1961.

With the exception of Veterinary Medicine, which doesn't confer D.V.M. degrees in the fall semester, all colleges will host a graduation event Saturday morning preceding the undergraduate ceremony. A complete schedule of times and locations is listed at the end of this release.

Two luncheons will be offered for graduating students and their guests Saturday between the college events and the all- university ceremony. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are invited to a brunch served from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Maple-Willow-Larch dining hall. Tickets cost $9 for adults and $5 for children (those under 3 eat free) and should be purchased in 243 Catt by Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Students in all other colleges are invited to a luncheon buffet served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Scheman. Tickets cost $11 for adults and $5 for children and should be purchased in 158 Memorial Union by Friday, Dec. 13.

Commencement events:

Friday, Dec. 20
8 p.m. Commencement, graduate students, C. Y. Stephens

9:15-10:15 p.m. College of Education reception, Stage Door Lounge, Scheman

Saturday, Dec. 21
9 a.m. College of Business convocation (8:30 a.m. reception), Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark Ave.

9 a.m. College of Education ceremony, Benton Auditorium (10:15 a.m. reception, first floor lobby), Scheman

9 a.m. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony, reception follows, Hilton

9:30 a.m. College of Agriculture program (8:45 a.m. reception), C.Y. Stephens

9:30-11 a.m. College of Engineering receptions by department, 2nd floor, Scheman

9:30 a.m. College of Family and Consumer Sciences convocation, Great Hall (8:30 a.m. reception, Sun Room), Memorial Union

10 a.m. College of Design ceremony (9:30 a.m. reception), Design atrium

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Brunch for students and guests of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Maple-Willow-Larch dining center, tickets $9 adults, $5 students, by Dec. 18, 294-3607

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Luncheon buffet for students and guests of all colleges, 2nd floor lobby, Scheman, tickets $11 adults, $5 children, by Dec. 13, 294-8488

1:30 p.m. Commencement undergraduate students, Hilton Coliseum, no tickets needed


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