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Dec. 8, 2008

UI combines, relocates winter commencement exercises Dec. 20

A combined University of Iowa undergraduate winter commencement ceremony is planned for the first time in decades Saturday, Dec. 20 at Carver Hawkeye Arena. The ceremonies, traditionally held at Hancher Auditorium, were moved because of this year's record flooding. The UI College of Engineering has also moved its ceremony to a new location.

The UI expects to confer about 1,600 degrees during the winter commencement exercises, following the end of the fall academic session.

The schedule of ceremonies is as follows:

Ceremonies will be held for undergraduates from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Tippie College of Business, College of Nursing, College of Education and Carver College of Medicine at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Carver Hawkeye Arena. UI President Sally Mason will confer degrees at this ceremony as well as give the keynote, and UI Provost Wallace Loh will be the emcee.

CLAS has 792 degree-seeking candidates, including 89 from the UI College of Education who are obtaining their undergraduate certification in teacher education; Tippie has 319 degree candidates, including 222 business undergraduates and 97 MBAs; the UI College of Nursing has 81 degree candidates; and the UI Carver College of Medicine has 10 undergraduate candidates.

The College of Law will hold a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Boyd Law Building with 25 degree-seeking candidates. Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Carroll Reasoner will confer the law degrees.

The College of Engineering will hold its ceremony at noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at MacBride Hall Auditorium, with 66 degree candidates. UI Interim Vice President for Research Jordan Cohen will confer the degrees.

The Graduate College ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Carver Hawkeye Arena with 174 master's degree candidates and 142 doctoral candidates. Loh will confer the degrees.

The UI College of Education will host a teacher education convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. Faculty speaker will be Bruce Fehn, associate professor in the UI COE Department of Teaching and Learning; student speaker will be Cheryl Poduska, an elementary education and music double major from Solon; and keynote speaker with be Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge.

The School of Management (MBA program) will also host a graduation celebration for its 97 graduates at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m.

Seats are not reserved and tickets are not necessary for admission to any of the commencement ceremonies. Doors will open one hour before each ceremony. Because of safety concerns, guests will not be allowed to take in large bags or backpacks. Also, security officials reserve the right to inspect purses or camera bags.

UITV will present a live broadcast of most commencement ceremonies, except for the College of Law and MBA program, on local cable TV. UITV will also have a live Web stream of the ceremonies, which will be archived on the Web for on-demand playback. For a complete schedule and archive links see

Several spring ceremonies usually held at Hancher will also be relocating. For up-to-date information regarding time and location visit

For more information and details on each college's commencement visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Registrar's Office, 319-335-0296; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,