CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Dec. 13, 2001
UI students encouraged to 'Graduate With Class'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Creating an atmosphere of dignity and courtesy at commencement
exercises is the goal of a University of Iowa campaign called "Graduate
"Commencement is a proud moment for students, their families and friends.
We hope that a spirit of pride and mutual respect will encourage all of our
students to honor this occasion," says Phillip E. Jones, vice president
for student services.
Candidates participating in commencement exercises Friday and Saturday,
Dec. 21 and 22 are being asked to cooperate with the "Graduate With Class"
campaign through courteous conduct and by dressing appropriately. Alcoholic
beverages will not be allowed, and intoxicated students will not be permitted
to participate in the ceremony.
"We have high expectations that candidates for graduation will cooperate
in making this a special occasion for all," Jones says, adding, "After
recent graduation ceremonies, family members and guests have expressed their
appreciation for the sense of dignity and pride displayed by our graduates."