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Tippie College Commencement Ceremonies Held May 17-18

Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa celebrated commencement ceremonies May 17 and 18, with a total of 720 degrees being conferred.

The Tippie School of Management held commencement exercises May 17 at Hancher Auditorium, with UI Provost Jon Whitmore conferring 170 degrees. The College's undergraduate commencement exercises were held May 18 at Hancher Auditorium, with Lola Lopes, associate provost and Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Business Administration, conferring 550 degrees.

Clark Johnson, former chairman and CEO of Pier One Imports, Inc, gave the School of Management commencement address titled "Miracles Happen in America." Johnson focused on the lessons he learned at Pier One, which that he thought to be beneficial to future success in business, including being a team player, maintaining a positive attitude, being a problem solver and focusing on the customer. Throughout his remarks, he shared business strategy from various business leaders including Sam Walton, Peter Drucker and Don Keough.

Steve Caves, regional president for U.S. Bank in Iowa, spoke at the undergraduate commencement, and focused on leadership qualities, including high integrity, character, articulating a vision, teamwork, decision making, problem solving, and customer relations.

Kim Kane, an accounting/management information sciences major from Oelwein, was the student speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. Kim, who recently accepted an offer from Pricewaterhouse in Chicago, spoke about her perseverance in her job search despite some major setbacks. This fall, she had an offer from Deloitte Touche, and went to their New York offices near the World Trade Center on Sept. 10 for some final discussions. But the job was gone with the office after Sept. 11. She interviewed extensively in Chicago and finally accepted an offer with Arthur Andersen, but that job was gone after Andersen's Enron debacle. Undeterred, Kane kept interviewing and landed the Pricewaterhouse position.

Twenty candidates in the undergraduate college graduated with honors, 10 with highest distinction, 16 with high distinction and 27 with distinction. Laura Pixley, an accounting major from Ottumwa received the Delta Sigma Pi key, awarded to a member of the professional business fraternity with the highest grade point average over four years of study.

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