The University of Iowa

Graduate College Doctoral Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:00am
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Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:00am

UI President Bruce Harreld; Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Kregel; Sherry A. Bates of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.; and Dean John Keller will deliver messages to students. An honorary degree will be bestowed upon Mark P. Mattson, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. The alumnus speaker will be Jamie Wilson (BSN ’09, DNP ’18). Graduate Alex Lange, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be the student speaker.

Spring 2021 Order of Events

Spring 2021 commencement will be virtual, the ceremony will be livestreamed at the scheduled time. Degrees will be conferred and graduates who RSVP'd Yes will be individually recognized during the virtual commencement.

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Meet the Student Speaker


Alex Lange Recognition Slide

Alex Lange

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (Higher Education and Student
Affairs) PhD

Class of 2021

“Completing a terminal degree is hard on its own; finishing one during a pandemic is especially tough! I’m grateful for a chance to name that reality while celebrating my fellow doctoral graduates because we still made it happen!

I am ready to move forward from the University of Iowa to tackle the challenges of the 21st century because of the faculty in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies as well as the College of Education. I also have deep gratitude for my families of choice and origin who’ve supported me in this doctoral journey and before."

Read more about Alex on Merit Pages