More than 4,000 students at Iowaís three regent universities are expected to turn their tassels this weekend during a series of commencement ceremonies.
Iowa State University is expecting to graduate the most students, with 1,819 earning bachelorís, masterís or doctoral degrees. At the University of Iowa, 1,605 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees this weekend, and 600 University of Northern Iowa students are graduating.
The ISU total Ė including 1,512 bachelorís degrees, 199 masterís degrees and 108 doctoral degrees Ė bests the previous record of 1,784 in 2002 and marks the first time the fall degree tally will top 1,800.
UI fall degree applicants include 1,039 undergraduate students and 566 graduate and professional students.
Both UNI and ISU are holding one commencement ceremony Saturday. Iowa Stateís commencement is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, and UNIís ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. in the McLeod Center.
UI students will graduate during a series of commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, starting with the College of Education teacher education convocation at 1 p.m. Friday. The Tippie College of Business School of Management MBA graduation is planned for 4:30 p.m. Friday, and a larger graduate college commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Carver Hawkeye Arena.
The UI undergraduate ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Saturday in Carver, and the colleges of Nursing and Engineering will honor its gradates at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.
Various students, staff and faculty members will speak at the UI ceremonies, including Kelly Orgberg, a 1982 graduate and current CEO and president of Rockwell Collins, who will speak at the College of Engineering commencement.
Peggy Whitson, NASA astronaut and Mount Ayr native, will speak at ISUís commencement, where she will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree and honored for her contributions to the U.S. and international; space programs.