Graduate College Commencement (Fall 2019)

Graduate College Commencement (Fall 2019)


>>GOOD EVENING. ON BEHALF OF THE
GRADUATE COLLEGE, I AM DELIGHTED TO GREET
ALL OF YOU WHO HAS GATHERED TOGETHER HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE
THIS IMPORTANT OCCASION. I HOPE THAT ALL OF THE GRADUATE DEGREE CANDIDATES WILL ENJOY THIS CEREMONY, WHICH MARKS A
VERY SPECIAL AND SIGNIFICANT
MOMENT IN YOUR LIVES AND IN THE LIVES OF YOUR FAMILIES AND
FRIENDS. WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE THIS OCCASION TO CELEBRATE THE
LEARNING AND THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
OF THE DEGREE RECIPIENTS, WITH THOSE CLOSEST TO THEM, THOSE WHO
HAVE NURTURED, ENCOURAGED AND
SUPPORTED THEM THROUGH THE EXCITING, BUT OFTEN STRESSFUL PROCESS OF OBTAINING A GRADUATE DEGREE.
WOULD ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE TRAVELED HERE TODAY TO JOIN OUR
CELEBRATION PLEASE RISE? THAT’S ALL YOU FOLKS. YOUR DEVOTION TO THESE GRADUATING STUDENTS IS SO IMPORTANT, AND WE ARE PLEASED
THAT YOU ARE ALL HERE TODAY.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE IOWA
BRASS QUINTET FOR THE MUSIC WE HAVE ENJOYED THUS FAR TODAY.
MEMBERS OF THE QUINTET ARE MR BRYAN POWELL AND MS CIARRA KRIST
ON TRUMPET. MS IRENE TANG ON HORN. MR. TODD SCHENDEL ON TROMBONE. AND MR. DAVID MERCEDES ON TUBA. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] SCOTTIE VAN ISEGHEM IS SERVING
AS THE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR OUR CEREMONY. SHE WILL BE INTERPRETING MOST PORTIONS OF THE CEREMONY, BUT
BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF GRADUATES, SHE WILL NOT SIGN THE
GRADUATES’ NAMES.
I WOULD LIKE TO NOW INTRODUCE YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE STAGE WHO REPRESENT THE VARIOUS
COLLEGES AND PROGRAMS FROM WHICH TODAY’S GRADUATES HAVE
MATRICULATED. I WOULD REQUEST THAT EACH OF THEM STAND AS THEY ARE
INTRODUCED. FIRST, I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE PRESIDENT J. BRUCE HARRELD, WHO
WILL ALSO ASSIST ME IN THE CONFERRAL OF THE DEGREES.
I WOULD LIKE TO NOW INTRODUCE STEVE FLEAGLE, ASSOCIATE VICE
PRESIDENT, CHIEF INFORMATION
OFFICER, ITS. DAN TRANEL, ASSOCIATE DEAN, CARVER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. H. S. UDAYKUMAR, ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING. MICHAEL DUFFEL, ASSOCIATE DEAN,
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY. JULIE ZERWIC, DEAN, COLLEGE OF NURSING.
AMY KRISTOF-BROWN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN, TIPPIE COLLEGE
OF BUSINESS. THOMAS VAUGH, INTERIM ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. CHRISTINE GETZ, ASSOCIATE DEAN,
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS. AMANDA THEIN, ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING.
SHELLY CAMPO, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE COLLEGE. DAVID JOHNSEN, DEAN, COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY.
STEVE VARGA, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE COLLEGE. PAMELA WESELY, ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. NICK STREET, ASSOCIATE DEAN,
TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS.
RICHARD SHIELDS, PROFESSOR, PHYSICAL THERAPY AND REHABILITATION SCIENCE, SERVING
AS OUR FACULTY MARSHALS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE AND
THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY, SEATED AMONGST
THE STUDENTS, WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY. WOULD THE GRADUATE FACULTY
PLEASE RISE. [ APPLAUSE ]
THE CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATE DEGREES WILL NOW BE RECOGNIZED
AND INDUCTED INTO THE ACADEMY OF
LEARNED MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE
DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT AND INDEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVITY IN
THEIR DISCIPLINES. AS DOCTORAL STUDENTS ARE INTRODUCED, FACULTY MEMBERS WILL
PERFORM A HOODING CEREMONY. WHERE POSSIBLE, THE DISSERTATION ADVISOR AND COLLEGIATE
REPRESENTATIVES WILL ASSIST IN PERFORMING THE HOODING CEREMONY.
TO THE GOWN THAT EACH CANDIDATE
IS WEARING WILL BE ADDED A HOOD
TO COMPLETE THEIR ACADEMIC COSTUME.
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOODS ARE BLACK AND GOLD, TRIMMED IN
COLORS REPRESENTING THE DEGREES
CONFERRED. PINK FOR THOSE RECEIVING THE
DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS, TEAL FOR THOSE RECEIVING
THE DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY. AND DARK BLUE FOR THOSE
RECEIVING THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREES.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE DOCTORAL HOODING CEREMONY, THE MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATES WILL
BE INDIVIDUALLY INTRODUCED AND RECOGNIZED. WE NOW COME TO THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROGRAM,
THE MOMENT WHEN WE RECOGNIZE
EACH DEGREE RECIPIENT. I WILL BE JOINED
TODAY, BY PRESIDENT HARRELD, WHO WILL
ASSIST IN THE CONFERRAL OF THE DEGREES.
AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE CEREMONY,
IN ORDER THAT EACH GRADUATE’S
NAME MAY BE CLEARLY HEARD,
PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL THE DOCTORAL GRADUATES HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED AND THEN AGAIN
UNTIL ALL THE MASTER’S GRADUATES
HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED, AND WE WILL GIVE EACH GROUP
A FULL ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
AFTER THE CONFERRING OF THE DEGREES AND THE FAREWELL, WE
WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD REMAIN IN YOUR SEATS UNTIL THE
END OF THE RECESSIONAL. THANK YOU. WOULD THE CANDIDATES FOR THE
DOCTORAL DEGREE PLEASE RISE.>>PRESIDENT HARRELD, THESE
CANDIDATES HAVE COMPLETED ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREES
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, DOCTOR OF
MUSICAL ARTS, DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND ARE RECOMMENDED TO
YOU BY THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE COLLEGE FOR THE
CONFERRING OF THESE DEGREES.>>ON RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE COLLEGE AND BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN
ME BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS,
STATE OF IOWA, I CONFER ON EACH
OF YOU THE DEGREE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, DOCTOR OF MUSICAL
ARTS, AND DOCTOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AS QUALIFIED AND
DESIGNATED. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ] WOULD THE DOCTORAL DEGREE RECIPIENTS PLEASE COME FORWARD TO BE RECOGNIZED INDIVIDUALLY. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING WILL BE RECEIVING THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE.
[ READING THE GRADUATES’ NAMES ] THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS ARE AWARDED THE DOCTORATE OF
PHYSICAL THERAPY. [ READING THE GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
LET’S OFFER ALL OF THESE
DOCTORAL DEGREE RECIPIENTS A
ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE] THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE SPECIALIST IN
EDUCATION AND OUR MASTERS DEGREES TO PLEASE RISE. [ APPLAUSE ] PRESIDENT HARRELD, THESE
CANDIDATES HAVE COMPLETED ALL OF
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREES SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION, MASTERS
OF ARTS, MASTER OF ACCOUNTANCY, MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING, MASTER OF COMPUTER SCIENCE,
MASTER OF FINE ARTS, MASTER OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, MASTER OF
PUBLIC HEALTH, MASTER OF SCIENCE, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, AND MASTER OF SOCIAL
WORK AND ARE RECOMMENDED TO YOU BY THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE COLLEGE FOR THE CONFERRING OF THESE DEGREES.
>>ON RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE COLLEGE
AND BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS,
STATE OF IOWA, I CONFER ON EACH
OF YOU THE DEGREE SPECIALIST IN
EDUCATION, MASTER OF ARTS, MASTER OF ACCOUNTANCY, MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING, MASTER OF
COMPUTER SCIENCE, MASTER OF FINE
ARTS, MASTER OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, MASTER OF PUBLIC
HEALTH, MASTER OF SCIENCE, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, AND MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK AS
QUALIFIED AND DESIGNATED.
CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] WOULD THE
MASTERS DEGREES RECIPIENTS PLEASE COME FORWARD
TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ READING THE GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
>>LET’S OFFER ALL THESE DEGREE
RECIPIENTS A ROUND OF CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>I AM DELIGHTED AND HONORED TO
HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS CEREMONY,
AND I OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS
TO ALL THE GRADUATES AT THIS
VERY SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR
LIVES. I ALSO WANT TO EXTEND A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE
FAMILY, FRIENDS, TEACHERS,
MENTORS, WHO PLAYED SUCH A
CRUCIAL ROLE IN GETTING ALL OF YOU HERE THIS EVENING.
AND IF I MAY, I WOULD REMIND YOU
THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HELPED EACH AND EVERY ONE
OF YOU. AS YOU GO THROUGH YOUR LIFE,
PLEASE REMEMBER ALL OF US NEED HELP.
PAY IT BACK. VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR SOCIETY.
SO PLEASE THANK AS YOU LEAVE
HERE THIS EVENING ALL THOSE THAT
GOT YOU HERE. GIVE THEM A SPECIAL HUG.
AND NOW WE’VE COME TO THE END OF
THIS SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR LIVES.
AND AS YOU ARE DOCTORAL AND
MASTER’S GRADUATES MOVE ON TO YOUR OWN NEW
PURSUITS I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE MANY
YEARS YOU SPENT DEVOTED TO
GIVING US YOUR VERY BEST.
AND ALL YOU’VE DONE TO START YOUR CAREERS AND TO ADVANCE YOUR
PROFESSIONAL AREAS, AND ALL YOU’VE DONE TO ADVANCE
THIS UNIVERSITY. YOU’VE WORKED WITH YOUR MENTORS
AND OTHER FACULTY MEMBERS TO CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO OUR RESEARCH ENTERPRISE, AS WELL AS
YOUR OWN. MANY OF YOU TAUGHT CLASSES HERE,
NOT ONLY HONING YOUR OWN
TEACHING SKILLS, BUT ALSO
CONTRIBUTING TO OUR STUDENTS
EDUCATION WITH YOUR OWN FRESH PERSPECTIVES AND THE LATEST
KNOWLEDGE. AND YOU’VE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY
TO OUR COMMUNITY, TO OUR
UNIVERSITY, AND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES ALIKE.
WHETHER BEEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE,
ENGAGEMENT, OR IN SHARING YOUR
KNOWLEDGE AND CREATITY WITH
OTHERS, OR IN MANY OTHER WAYS
THAT EACH OF YOU ADDED TO THE
VIBRANCY OF THIS VERY SPECIAL
PLACE, WE ALL CALL HOME.
AS NEW DOCTORAL AND MASTER’S GRADUATES YOU’RE AT THE
FOREFRONT OF CHANGE. AND WE’RE CERTAINLY IN A TIME OF VERY SWIFT CHANGE
IN YOUR OWN AREAS OF STUDY, AND PROFESSIONAL
ENDEAVOR, AND HIGHER EDUCATION IN GENERAL, AND IN SOCIETY AT
LARGE. EVEN THE PROGRAM YOU’RE
GRADUATING FROM IS MOST LIKELY
DWIGHT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IT WAS WHEN YOU STARTED JUST A FEW YEARS AGO.
THAT CHANGE IS GOING TO CONTINUE
TO ACCELERATE, AND I KNOW THAT THE INTELLECTUAL GROWTH AND
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS YOU DEVELOPED HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY
WILL HELP YOU ADAPT TO THAT
CHANGE AND PROSPER FROM IT. AND I’M CONFIDENT THAT THE SAME
GROWTH AND THE SAME NEW SKILLS WILL SERVE YOU WELL IN LEADING
THAT CHANGE FOR A BETTER WORLD AND BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF US.
EVEN THOUGH WE’RE SAYING
FAREWELL, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE
PART OF US. YOU HAVE TAUGHT US HERE AT THE
UNIVERSITY AS MUCH AS WE HAVE TAUGHT YOU.
YOUR WORK HERE WILL ALWAYS
REMAIN A PART OF OUR FOUNDATION OF EXCELLENCE.
YOUR WORK IN THE FUTURE WILL
ALWAYS REFLECT POSITIVELY ON
YOUR UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
FOUNDATION. AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL
CONTINUE TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR AND A GOOD FRIEND FOR OUR
UNIVERSITY. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS,
GOOD LUCK, AND BEST WISHES FOR
ALL THE SUCCESS IN THE YEARS
AHEAD OF YOU.
WE ARE VERY, VERY PROUD OF EACH
AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. GO HAWKS. [ APPLAUSE ]

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