More than 700 students crossed the stage in three ceremonies at Upper Iowa University Commencement exercises Saturday, May 11. They were representative of the nearly 2,000 who completed their degrees and graduated from UIU in 2013. Commencement was the first official UIU ceremony for William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S., 21st president of the University.
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 11, 2013) –Upper Iowa University held three commencement ceremonies in Dorman Gymnasium on Saturday, May 11. The Commencement was the first at UIU for the University's 21st President, William R. Duffy II, Ed. D., Ed. S.
President Duffy, who is a graduate of West Point and who is retired from the U.S. Army, spoke to the graduates about commencement being the "culmination of dreams coming true, incredible teamwork, and a lifetime of effort. Reflecting on his military roots, he noted that those experiences helped shape his values and character. Duffy said he was inspired by Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, who is a 2009 UIU graduate and who said: "Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are...a framework to the way we should live our life."
"I take great pride in selfless service and admire those who choose professions to improve our society and make this world a better place," Duffy said. "I have no doubt, many of you have developed and strengthened these same values, and more, here at UIU. Your future awaits you, and I encourage you all to carry those values with you as you start the next stage of your life's journey. I encourage you to go out and make a difference, change a life, pay your success forward for others who are less fortunate and, of course, keep on doing great things for Upper Iowa University and the world."
About 2,000 students who completed their associate, bachelor or master degrees through these UIU offerings graduated in the UIU ceremonies. Of those, 700 graduated from the Fayette location, more than 1,000 completed their degree at a U.S. center, 500 graduated through online or independent study programs, and 250 were from the international centers. UIU is one of the most diverse universities in Iowa. In all, the graduates represented 36 states and 14 nations.
UIU selected six students to address the Class of 2013.
Representing the School of Business at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony were 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 degree in international business and marketing on the Fayette campus.
Students from the School of Liberal Arts spoke at the 1 p.m. ceremony. Jane Bushnell, Prairie du Chien, received a bachelor's degree in psychology earned at the UIU-Prairie du Chien Center. Evan Knowlton from Sioux City, Iowa, graduated with a degree in sports communication from the Fayette campus.
Speaking on behalf of the Andres School of Education and the School of Science and Mathematics at the 4 p.m. ceremony were Mary Jane Kloster, Bondurant, Iowa, who completed her degree in elementary education, with endorsements in reading and language arts, and Jake W. Newman, Knoxville, Iowa, who received a bachelor's degree in applied plant science.
Also on the podium Saturday was Pastor Andy Sayer, Fayette Community Church, who delivered the invocation and benediction.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 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. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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