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UI Confers Degrees at December Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Iowa will confer an estimated 1,480 degrees at three December commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 to honor students graduating at the end of the fall semester.

The Tippie College of Business has 283 degree-seeking candidates, including 197 business undergraduates, three M.Ac. graduates, and 83 MBAs.

Ceremonies are as follows:

—On Friday, Dec. 16, the Tippie School of Management (MBA program) will host a graduation celebration at 4:30 pm. at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Attendance is by reservation only.

—On Friday, Dec. 16, the UI Graduate College ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. UI President Sally Mason and Graduate College Dean John Keller will confer the degrees, and Ed Folsom, English professor in CLAS, will address the graduates.

—On Saturday, Dec. 17, a combined undergraduate ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., also at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mason will confer degrees, and the student speaker will be graduating student Hanna Wolle of West Des Moines, who will receive a dual degree in economics and Asian languages and literature-Chinese through the Tippie College of Business and CLAS, respectively.

Seats are not reserved and tickets are not necessary for admission to the commencement ceremonies at Carver-Hawkeye. Doors will open one hour before each ceremony. Carver-Hawkeye commencement ceremony guests should use south and west entrances.

Because of safety concerns, guests will not be allowed to take in large bags, backpacks, or packages at Carver-Hawkeye Arena during ceremonies. Also, security officials reserve the right to inspect purses and camera bags.

Because of new safety guidelines implemented at Carver-Hawkeye Arena ceremonies, including the establishment of a search lane, parents and other guests are encouraged to come earlier than normal to allow time for inspections.

Search lanes with tables will be set up at the south and west entrances, where UI Public Safety officials will search any purses or bags brought into the building. Everyone will be asked to open their coats or graduation gowns for visual inspection. Air horns are not permitted and will be confiscated if found.

UITV will record the Graduate College and combined undergraduate ceremonies. 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 on how to order a DVD copy or to see the schedule of when these ceremonies will air, visit or call 319-335-6375.

For more information on UI commencement, visit the Registrar's web site.

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