UIU to host 154th Commencement ceremonies May 7

2015 Commencement

Upper Iowa University’s 2016 Commencement will be held in Harms-Eischeid Stadium in Fayette on Saturday, May 7. Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to Dorman Gymnasium on the Fayette campus. 

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 2, 2016) – Upper Iowa University will host its 154th Commencement ceremonies at Harms-Eischeid Stadium in Fayette on Saturday May 7. Approximately, 1,850 students have completed their degree requirements at all UIU locations and are eligible to be recognized during the 2016 Commencement.

Graduates of the University’s MBA, School of Business, and School of Science and Mathematics programs will participate in a 10 a.m. ceremony. This exercise also includes associate degrees with an emphasis in General Business. Meanwhile, the MPA, School of Liberal Arts, MEd, MHEA, and Andres School of Education ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Associate degrees with an emphasis in Liberal Arts will also be awarded during this program.

To facilitate travel plans, the University will make its decision on whether to relocate the ceremony indoors based on the weather forecast on Wednesday, May 4. The announcement will be posted on the homepage of the UIU website at www.uiu.edu. Only in an emergency would the decision be made on Saturday to relocate the ceremony.

In the case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to Dorman Gymnasium on the Fayette campus.  All seating is on a "first-come" basis. An overflow viewing area will be located in the Student Center ballrooms. Guests at this location will be able to view the full ceremonies on live video. Live streaming of the broadcast may also be viewed at www.uiu.edu.

As previously announced, Mary Cheddie, who received her master’s degree at UIU in 2008 and was elected to the UIU Board of Trustees in October 2015, will deliver the commencement addresses. A native of Alleman, Iowa, Cheddie graduated from North Polk High School.

“Being born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, it is very humbling to be asked to share my thoughts at the 2016 commencement ceremonies,” said Cheddie, who currently resides in Coral Springs, Fla. “I am incredibly honored and with a personal passion for helping people to be the very best that they can be, I cannot wait to share some insight and experiences with our graduates, students, faculty, families and other esteemed guests.”

Mary Cheddie, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, currently serves as senior vice president of human resources for Interval Leisure Group, a leading provider of vacation services. She has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in all aspects of human resources and training. Cheddie is a recognized business leader and most recently was awarded the “2016 Excellence in Human Resource Award for Hospitality” by South Florida Business & Wealth.

For additional information about Upper Iowa University’s 2016 Commencement ceremonies, including concessions and dining, parking, shuttle services, lodging, and stadium rules, visit http://www.uiu.edu/support/commencement.html.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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