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Dec. 6, 2010

Neu to receive honorary doctorate during UI's December commencement

neuThe University of Iowa will award an honorary doctorate to Arthur Neu (left) as part of this December's commencement ceremonies.

Neu, an attorney from Carroll, Iowa, with a long history of public service to the state, will be honored during the combined ceremony for undergraduates from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Tippie College of Business, College of Nursing, University College and Carver College of Medicine. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Jeffrey Cox, a UI history professor in CLAS, will read the citation for Neu, UI Associate Provost and Graduate College Dean John Keller will recommend the conferral and UI President Sally Mason will confer the honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

graduationThis is one of three graduation ceremonies held Friday, Dec. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 18, to honor approximately 1,700 students who will graduate at the end of the fall semester. Ceremonies and estimated numbers of graduates in each college will be as follows:

The Graduate College ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Carver Hawkeye Arena with 148 master's degree candidates and 169 doctoral candidates. Mason will confer the degrees, and Jeff Murray, M.D., professor of pediatrics, and biological sciences, dentistry and epidemiology, will be the commencement speaker.

Mason will also confer degrees at the ceremony for undergraduates from CLAS, Tippie College of Business, College of Nursing, University College and Carver College of Medicine Dec. 18.

CLAS has 740 degree-seeking candidates; Tippie has 245 degree-seeking candidates, including 163 business undergraduates and 82 MBAs; the UI College of Nursing has 83 degree-seeking candidates; the UI Carver College of Medicine has six undergraduate candidates; and University College has four degree-seeking candidates.

The College of Engineering will hold its ceremony at noon Saturday, Dec. 18, at Macbride Hall Auditorium, with 63 degree-seeking candidates. UI Interim Provost Barry Butler will confer the degrees, and Anton Kruger, UI associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the past year's recipient of the College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, will be commencement speaker.

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 and camera bags.

The UI College of Education will host a teacher education convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. This convocation will recognize 112 CLAS degree-seeking candidates who have also completed the certification requirements for teacher licensure. The event is by invitation only and ticket reservations are required. For more information, visit

The School of Management (MBA program) will also host a graduation celebration for its 82 graduates at 4:30 pm. at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Friday, Dec. 17.

UITV will record the three commencement ceremonies. These include the College of Engineering, the Graduate College, and the combined undergraduate ceremony. These events will not be presented live, but will be available as a playback on UITV or by purchasing a DVD. There will not be any Web streaming or archive of these events. For more information, visit

For more information on Neu, visit

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

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