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July 19, 2007

Summer commencement is an Aug. 4 morning ceremony

by Anne Krapfl

An estimated 861 students will receive degrees from Iowa State during a single summer commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Hilton. Recipients of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees will be honored. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Raymond Orbach, the U.S. Department of Energy's first Under Secretary for Science, is the guest commencement speaker. He has served since June 1, 2006, in the post, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the DOE's research and development programs; 17 national laboratories, including the Ames Laboratory; and scientific and engineering education activities. In his talk, he will discuss energy challenges and the many opportunities ISU graduates will have to help overcome these challenges.

A physicist by training, Orbach spent much of his career in the University of California system (1963-2002), in positions from associate professor (UCLA) to campus chancellor (UC Riverside). He received a B.S. degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.


According to the ISU registrar's office earlier this week, the estimated number of students receiving degrees at the completion of the summer session breaks out like this:

  • Bachelor's degrees: 528
  • Master's degrees: 226
  • Doctoral degrees: 107