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December 10, 2004

Commencement events are Dec. 17-18

by Anne Krapfl

An estimated 1,749 students will receive degrees from Iowa State next weekend. Fall commencement ceremonies will be held Dec. 17 and 18.

At 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in Stephens Auditorium, an estimated 252 master's and 96 doctoral students will be honored. Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, will give the commencement address. A registered dietitian and expert in food safety issues and policy, Woteki became the college's dean in January 2002.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Hilton Coliseum, about 1,401 students will receive bachelor's degrees. John Forsyth of Des Moines, chairman and chief executive officer of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, and current president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will speak. Forsyth was appointed to a six-year regent term in 2003 by Gov. Tom Vilsack, and elected board president last April.

Tickets are not required for either of the commencement ceremonies.

Colleges will honor their graduating students in separate ceremonies or receptions Friday evening and Saturday morning. A complete list of graduation events follows.

Fall 2004

Friday, December 17

  • 4 p.m., Awards ceremony, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recognizing students graduating with honors or distinction (5 p.m. reception, all December undergraduates), Benton Auditorium, Scheman, 4-7742.
  • 5 p.m., Ceremony, College of Business, for undergraduate and graduate students, Hilton, 4-8300.
  • 5 p.m., Ceremony, College of Education, for undergraduate students (6:30 p.m. reception, first floor lobby, Scheman), Stephens, 4-7003.
  • 8 p.m., Commencement, for graduate students, Stephens, 4-9372.
  • 9:15 p.m., Reception, College of Education, for graduate students, first floor Lobby Scheman, 4-7003.

Saturday, December 18

  • 8:30 a.m., Reception, College of Agriculture, for undergraduate students (9:30 a.m. ceremony), Stephens, 4-2766.
  • 8:30 a.m., Reception, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, for undergraduate students (9:30 a.m. ceremony), Sun Room, MU, 4-5981.
  • 9 a.m., Receptions, College of Engineering, for undergraduate students (9:30-10:30 a.m., recognition programs by department), Scheman locations, Fisher Theater and Hoover Hall, 4-5933.
  • 9:30 a.m., Reception, College of Design, for undergraduate students (10 a.m. ceremony), Lightfoot Forum, College of Design, 4-7428.
  • 1:30 p.m., Commencement, for undergraduate students, no tickets needed, Hilton, 4-9372.


  • Graduate students, 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, Stephens
  • Undergraduate students, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Hilton