The University of Iowa

University College Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 1:00pm
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Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 1:00pm

This ceremony will include University College graduates earning the Bachelor of Applied Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Studies degrees. President Bruce Harreld, Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Kregel, and Associate Provost and Dean of University College Tanya Uden-Holman will deliver messages to the students. Wade Steenhoek, lecturer in the Tippie College of Business, will be the faculty speaker. Spring 2021 University College graduates Lindsey Ford of Oakville, Iowa, and Sandra Gonzales of Lombard, Illinois, will be the student speakers.

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 Speakers

Lindsey Ford Recognition Slide

Lindsey Ford

Bachelor of Liberal Studies
(Organizational Studies)

Class of 2021

"Being chosen to speak at the BLS/BAS Commencement Ceremony is such an honor. With all of the difficulties the world has been experiencing, being able to celebrate this accomplishment brings great joy. As students in a distance learning program, we have all had to acclimate to the online learning environment. This required us to be disciplined in our studies while dealing with the pressures of our everyday life and a pandemic. The support provided to us by fellow students, staff and faculty is unparalleled. We have been blessed to receive that same support from our families, friends, and colleagues.

Saying thank you does not convey just how grateful we are for this support. Being a graduate of the University of Iowa has been a dream since I was a child and I am so grateful to be able to call myself a graduate of the University College Class of 2021. To my fellow graduates, congratulations!"

Sandra Gonzales Recognition Slide

Sandra Gonzales

Bachelor of Applied Studies (Creative
Writing Emphasis)

Class of 2021

“It is a privilege to be speaking as a representative of my graduating cohort for the Spring 2021 University College. The BAS and BLS programs provided us flexible and outstanding curriculum in a variety of emphasis areas that encouraged lifelong learning and lessened the fear of returning to school as a nontraditional student. As graduates, we are grateful to our outstanding faculty, family and friends who supported us along the way and allowed us to be here today.”