Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center – UNI Campus, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Students who have completed certificates, diplomas, or associate degree programs can participate in the Spring 2014 Graduation Ceremony.
The graduation ceremony will be held at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on UNI's Campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa .
Any guest(s) over the age of two must have a ticket to be seated in the auditorium at the ceremony. An overflow room will be available for guests who do not have a ticket. Graduates can pick up tickets two weeks prior to the ceremony at the Brock Student Center.
Students must fill out the graduation application and measure for cap and gown to participate in commencement. Not measuring for cap and gown indicates to the Student Life office that you do not intend to participate in commencement.
Graduation Live Broadcast and Rebroadcast
The graduation ceremony will also be rebroadcast May 16 through June 30, 2014 at 10:00am, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm online on the Hawkeye Channel and on the following channels:
- Waterloo/Cedar Falls Mediacom
- Channel 18 - with a set top box
- Channel 79.5 - without a set top box
- Cedar Falls Utilities *
- SD Channel 19 - with a set top box
- Channel 95.3 - without a set top box
- Tripoli, Plainfield, Clarksville-Butler-Bremer Communications
* Due to a channel sharing agreement with UNI, graduation will not be rebroadcast on Cedar Falls Channels 18, 95.3, and 19 at 8:00pm.
Keynote Speaker – Laura Freeman
After battling a serious illness as a teenager, Laura Freeman has made it her calling in life to help other patients explore a world they may have never known without the use of artificial limbs.
Freeman, a graduate of Hawkeye Community College, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 and as a result, had to have her leg amputated. Because of that life-changing event, she decided to specialize in orthotics and prosthetics to help patients regain their mobility by fitting them with artificial limbs and braces.
Freeman is a certified orthotist and is currently finishing her prosthetic residency at Scheck & Siress Prosthetics, Orthotics and Pedorthics, Incorporated in Chicago, Illinois. She says it’s extremely rewarding to watch someone walk for the very first time or regain some mobility.
Freeman’s ultimate career goal is to work at a Shriners Children’s Hospital. Shriners is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals in the United States that serve children with a variety of ailments including orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries.
Even though her residency keeps her busy, Freeman still finds time to serve as a volunteer. For the past nine years, she has served as a counselor at the Amputee Coalitions Youth Camp in Clarksville, Ohio. In addition, she served three years as a counselor helping children with cancer at Big Sky Kids in Bozeman, Montana. Freeman and her husband, Andrew, currently live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Freeman graduated from Expo Alternative High School in Waterloo in 2003. In 2007, she graduated from Hawkeye Community College with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and an Associate of Science (AS) degree. She continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa and graduated Cum Laude in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Freeman earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Saint Petersburg College in Pinellas Park, Florida in 2012.