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Tippie College Commencement Ceremonies Held Dec. 21

Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa celebrated fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 21 at Hancher Auditorium, with approximately 215 bachelor of business administration degrees conferred.

Phillip Jones, vice president for Student Services and dean of students, conferred the degrees. Eight candidates in the undergraduate program graduated with honors, as well as four with highest distinction, four with high distinction and four with distinction. Gary Fethke, dean of the Tippie College of Business, presided over the ceremony.

Jack Evans, president of Hall-Perrine Foundation, a private philanthropic corporation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gave the commencement address. Prior to joining the Foundation in January of 1996, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of SCI Financial Group. He serves on the board of directors of several companies and is an adjunct instructor and a member of the Finance Advisory Council in the Tippie College. Evans earned a bachelor of arts degree from Coe College in 1970 and an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1972.

In his message, Evans talked about business decision-making in light of recent scandals at WorldCom and Enron. "Your instruction was centered on honorable decision making with a strong dose of common sense. I would encourage each of you to examine your organization's culture and choose a company with a strong and active code of conduct. An organization that is transparent with a mission to serve shareholders. You will be faced with difficult issues; how you deal with them determines your metal," Evans said.

In closing, Evans encouraged the graduates to give back to their communities. "Fulfillment of a life mission is not always measured by the size of a bank account. The form of your contribution to society does not matter. It is up to you-- a coach, church leader, teacher, or human service volunteer--you decide. Do good so your community can do well," he said.

Amanda Miller, an accounting and finance double major from Bettendorf, Iowa was the distinguished student speaker. She has been involved in numerous activities including being a campus tour guide, a summer orientation advisor and president of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. She also served on the Leadership Council for the Tippie College of Business, helping to organize an annual 3-on-3-basketball tournament for charity and a mentor program for incoming first-year pre-business students. Last February, Amanda was selected as one of two delegates to represent the Tippie College of Business at the Undergraduate Business Student Leaders Conference at Emory University in Atlanta. During the past two summers she has interned with KPMG in Chicago, and she will begin employment there full-time with them after graduation.

Miller shared her insights on her college experiences and gave her fellow students four pieces of advice to take them into the future. She advised them to be accountable, keep a positive attitude, surround themselves with excellent, motivated people, and to not forget where they came from, sharing Evans' theme of sound decision making.

"In the next few years, we will all be making a number of large decisions that will dramatically impact our lives. I remind each of you when making these decisions not to forget where you came from, or most of all, what is important. A number of the corporate scandals that have appeared in the recent news have been a result of poor decisions, and people making these choices based on money instead of what is right," Miller said.

The Tippie College of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in one of six areas including accounting, economics, finance, management and organizations, management science, and marketing. More than 1500 undergraduate students at The University of Iowa are enrolled as business majors. UI business majors are juniors and seniors with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.


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