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Release: May 5, 2000

Recognition banquet honoring minorities will precede graduation ceremonies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Multicultural Graduation and Recognition Banquet annually held in honor of graduating minority University of Iowa students will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The graduation program begins at 6:30 p.m. following the half-hour reception.

The banquet is free for graduating UI students and their families and guests. The cost for faculty, staff and the public is $10.

The Multicultural Graduation and Recognition Banquet was established in 1990 by the men's athletics department, the Graduate College and Support Services Programs, and publicly recognizes minority students receiving professional, graduate, and undergraduate degrees from the UI. Each college will confer a Dean's Achievement Award to a selected student, as well as Student Leadership Awards given by departments.

Adele Rodriguez, multicultural coordinator at Opportunity at Iowa and event chair, says that the banquet traditionally is well attended by faculty, staff and community leaders from all backgrounds, in addition to graduating students.

Campus-wide commencement exercises begin Friday, May 12 with School of Management, the Graduate College and the College of Medicine, and continue on Saturday, with the Tippie College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Law, and the College of Nursing.

For more information about the event, contact Adele Rodriguez at 335-0591 or e-mail at