Spring 2015 Graduation Ceremony

Date: 5/15/2015
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: McLeod Center–University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Students who have completed certificates, diplomas, or associate degree programs during the Spring 2015 or Summer 2015 semester are eligible to participate in the Spring 2015 Graduation Ceremony.

Students must fill out the graduation application and purchase their cap, gown, and tassel to participate in commencement.

The graduation ceremony will be held at the McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa's main campus in Cedar Falls. Guests will not need a ticket to attend the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

Keynote Speaker

 Sherman Wise is regional sales manager for Premier Staffing, Inc. Growing up the oldest of five children in a single parent household, he learned from an early age what it meant to be a leader. He had an entrepreneurial mindset, selling candy to fourth grade classmates. An honor roll student, Wise had a bright future, but a series of bad decisions led to him dropping out. At 19 he began working to support his daughter, entering a cycle of dead-end jobs and continued trouble. Determined to break the cycle, he came to Hawkeye to complete his high school diploma and give his daughter a better life. It was one of the wisest decisions he ever made.

Wise earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a dual master’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, where he received full-ride academic scholarships to complete both degrees. The proud father of four, he taught oral communications at UNI and was marketing director for the Blue Zones Project. He consulted with the Oregon governor’s office with its healthiest state initiative and in January Gov. Terry Branstad selected him to keynote the Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony in Des Moines.

Wise is president of Shaping Leaders of Tomorrow, a non-profit group empowering the community through education and job opportunities. He serves on the Waterloo Tourism and Visitors Bureau board and recently launched Longevity Inspires Designs, a clothing line motivating people to think long-term about health, wellness, and financial well-being. In 2014, he was recognized as one of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier’s 20 Under 40.

Student Speaker

 Mallory Owens has always led an active life. Growing up in Traer, she was active in church and community. She participated in band, chorus, volleyball, golf, swing show, student council, and yearbook at North Tama County High School, and was a member of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC).

It was her experience working on her high school yearbook that spurred Owens to pursue a degree in graphic communications. While at Hawkeye, Owens was active in student life, serving as president of Student Leadership Council and a member of the Student Ambassadors. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is graduating with an Associate of Applied Arts in Graphic Communications.

Graduation Ceremony Rebroadcast

The graduation ceremon will rebroadcast May 16–June 30 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
    • Channel 70 (Basic)

* 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.

Graduation Ceremony DVD's Now Available

Students, family, and friends can now purchase a dvd of the Spring 2015 graduation ceremony. Pre-order your copy today.

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