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Dec. 09, 2005

Graduation events to be held Dec. 16-17

by Anne Krapfl

Iowa State will award an estimated 1,755 degrees during winter commencement events Dec. 16-17.

During an 8 p.m. ceremony Friday, Dec. 16, at Stephens Auditorium, an anticipated 277 master's and 85 Ph.D. students will be honored. Neil Nakadate, University professor of English, will address the graduates. Nakadate joined the ISU faculty in 1977, was named a full professor in 1985 and a University professor in 1991. His research interest is contemporary American fiction, especially that of novelist and former ISU faculty member Jane Smiley.

During a 1:30 p.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17, at Hilton, an estimated 1,393 students will receive bachelor's degrees. Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson will give the address. Pederson is a Vinton native and a 1972 Iowa State graduate in institutional management. She is a former executive at Meredith Corp., Des Moines, where she was the senior food editor for Better Homes and Gardens. She was elected Lt. Governor in 1998, and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002.

Tickets are not needed for either ceremony.

Colleges also will honor their graduating students during separate ceremonies or receptions (see schedule below).

Fall 2005 Commencement

Dec. 16-17

Tickets not required for any event

Friday, December 16

  • 4 p.m., College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, awards ceremony recognizing undergraduate students graduating with honors or distinction, Benton auditorium, Scheman, 4-7742.
  • 4:30 p.m., College of Human Sciences, ceremony, for undergraduate students, Stephens, 4-7002.
  • 5 p.m., College of Business, ceremony, for undergraduate and graduate students, Hilton, 4-8430.
  • 5-7 p.m., College of Engineering, reception for ISU/Iowa executive engineer dual master's degree program, 167 Scheman, 4-5933.
  • 5:30-7 p.m., College of Engineering, reception and informal recognition ceremony, master's and Ph.D candidates, 220 Scheman, 4-5933.
  • 6 p.m., College of Human Sciences, reception, for undergraduate and graduate students, first floor lobby, Scheman, 4-7002.
  • 8 p.m., Graduate commencement, for master's and Ph.D. students, Stephens, 4-9372.

Saturday, December 17

  • 8:30 a.m., College of Agriculture, reception, for undergraduate students (9:30 a.m., ceremony), Stephens Auditorium, 4-2766
  • 9 a.m., College of Engineering, receptions by department, for undergraduate students (9:30 a.m., informal recognition programs), Scheman Building, Fisher Theater and Hoover Hall auditorium, (for room assignments, see, 4-5933.
  • 9:30 a.m., College of Design, reception, for undergraduate and graduate students (10 a.m., ceremony for undergraduate students), College of Design auditorium, 4-7428.
  • 1:30 p.m., Undergraduate commencement, all colleges, Hilton, 4-9372.


The commencement speakers this semester are University professor of English (graduate ceremony) and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson (undergraduate ceremony).