On Dec. 14–17, nearly 1,700 University of Iowa students will receive their degrees during in-person and livestreamed commencement ceremonies, beginning with the College of Education’s undergraduate and Teacher Education Program recognition Dec. 14 and concluding with the College of Engineering undergraduate ceremony Dec. 17.
See the full list of commencement ceremonies below.
For more information about dates, times, and livestreaming details for each ceremony, visit the UI commencement website.
Thursday, Dec. 14
College of Education
Undergraduate Commencement and Teacher Education Program Recognition Ceremony
Dean Dan Clay will give the welcome, and he and President Barbara Wilson will confer degrees.
Kristen Rickey, an alumna of the College of Education, will be the keynote speaker. Rickey is the superintendent of the West Delaware County Community School District and was named 2022–23 Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.
Samuel Tanner, associate professor of English Education, will be the faculty speaker. Jessica Soria, from Storm Lake, Iowa, will be the student speaker. Soria is graduating with a degree in Educational Studies and Human Relations.
Mark McDermott, associate dean for teacher education and student services, will recognize those who completed the Teacher Education Program.
Friday, Dec. 15
Doctoral degree candidates
UI President Barbara Wilson and Amanda Thein, associate provost for graduate education and dean, will deliver messages to students. The alumna speaker will be Kate Lechtenberg (PhD ’20). Graduate Khaliunaa Bayanbold from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, will give the student address.
Master's degree candidates
UI President Barbara Wilson and Amanda Thein, associate provost for graduate education and dean, will deliver messages to students. The alumna speaker will be Kate Heffner (MA ’19). Graduate Grace Trane, from West Des Moines, Iowa, will give the student address.
Saturday, Dec. 16
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dean Sara Sanders and President Barbara Wilson will confer degrees at the ceremony, which includes graduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Public Health, and University College. The student speaker will be David Roth, of Peosta, Iowa, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with University Honors and Highest Distinction. Christian Frankl, of Ames, Iowa, will perform the national anthem. Frankl is the Hawkeye Marching Band drum major and will graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music, Political Science, and Ethics and Public Policy.
College of Nursing
Dean Julie Zerwic and College of Nursing alumna Monica Samples (20BSN) will deliver messages to students. Samples, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, is the recipient of the 2024 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Graduates Andrew Doromal, of Hinsdale, Illinois, and In Won Heo, from Coralville, Iowa, will be student speakers.
Tippie College of Business
The commencement speaker will be Catherine Zaharis, who currently serves as an independent director for the North Square Series Trust and holds emerita status at the Tippie College of Business. Tyler White, from North Liberty, Iowa, will be the student speaker. White will be graduating with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Management.
President Barbara Wilson, along with Tanya Uden-Holman, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College, will deliver messages to students. Sherri Erkel, adjunct instructor in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development, will be the faculty speaker. Fall 2023 University College graduate Kaitlyn Dwyer, from Roanoke, Virginia, will be the student speaker.
University College graduates can also be recognized in an in-person ceremony along with graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Sunday, Dec. 17
College of Engineering
Dean Ann McKenna will deliver messages to students, and President Barbara Wilson will confer degrees. Graduate Sofie Stribos, from Brussels, will be the student speaker. Stribos will be graduating with a degree in civil and environmental engineering.