FAYETTE, Iowa (April 23, 2013) – Upper Iowa University will hold three commencement ceremonies in Dorman Gymnasium on Saturday, May 11, during the University's 151st Commencement on the Fayette campus. Graduates from the School of Business and masters of business administration program will receive their diplomas at 9:30 a.m.; graduates from the School of Liberal Arts and masters of public administration program at 1 p.m.; and graduates from the Andres School of Education, School of Science and Mathematics, and masters of education and masters of higher education administration programs at 4 p.m.
Although not all graduates participate in commencement, more than 1,800 UIU students are eligible for graduation this year. Graduates represent not only the Fayette campus, but also are students from UIU's 19 centers in the United States, its international centers, or the online or independent study programs.
This year, UIU has selected six students to speak during the Commencement exercises. .
Representing the School of Business at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony are Mike Miklus, Rosemount, Minn., who began his UIU studies at the Des Moines Center and completed his bachelor's degree in business administration through the UIU online program; and Adrian Sanchez Naranjo from La Victoria, Aragua, Venezuela, who earned his bachelor's degreein international business and marketing on the Fayette campus. Miklus will be attending graduate school at Texas A&M in the fall. Sanchez Naranjo will be completing an internship in Houston, Texas, this summer.
Two students from the School of Liberal Arts will be featured at the 1 p.m. ceremony. Jane Bushnell, Prairie du Chien, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology earned at the UIU-Prairie du Chien Center. She is the human resources and marketing director for Lori Knapp Companies, an organization that provides choice, independence, and quality of life for the elderly and people with disabilities. Bushnell also serves as president and coordinator of the Prairie du Chien Futures Scholarship program, as well as working with other professional and advocacy organizations. Evan Knowlton from Sioux City, Iowa, is graduating with a degree in sports communication from the Fayette campus. Knowlton is a graduate of Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, where he will return to work in the prep school's admissions office and coach baseball.
The UIU School of Education and School of Science and Mathematics are represented by students at the 4 p.m. ceremony. Mary Jane Kloster, Bondurant, Iowa, completed her degree in elementary education, with endorsements in reading and language arts, at the UIU-Des Moines Center in December 2012. She is a third grade teacher at Anderson Elementary for the Bondurant Farrar District. Jake W. Newman Knoxville, Iowa, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in applied plant science from the Fayette campus and will begin his turf management career at the Glen Oaks Country Club, West Des Moines, Iowa.
Also on the podium Saturday is Pastor Andy Sayer, Fayette Community Church, who will deliver the invocation and benediction.
Each UIU commencement ceremony will be broadcast live online at www.uiu.edu.
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to about 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.