UNI Spring Commencement May 6th, 2017 – 2:00 P.M.

UNI Spring Commencement May 6th, 2017 – 2:00 P.M.


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2017 spring
commencement at the
University of Northern Iowa. Please rise for
the graduating students. [band playing] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ Representatives of the faculty of the University of
Northern Iowa. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ The heads of the academic departments. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [band playing] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ President Nook and the platform party. [applause] [band playing] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [applause] [applause] [applause] – Ladies and gentlemen, I bid
you welcome to the spring commencement exercises of
the University of Northern Iowa,
which will now be in order. Please remain
standing for the singing of our National Anthem by Doctor Jean
McDonald, professor of voice in the School of Music. The
colors will be presented by
the University of Northern Iowa
ROTC honor guard. [snare drum roll] [band playing] ♪ Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed, at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright
stars, through the perilous fight, o’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming. And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in
air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there. Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave, for the land of the free, and the home of the brave. ♪ [applause] [applause] [applause] – Please be seated. At this time… At this time I have the honor of
introducing to you the members
of the platform party. All those
introduced should please
remain standing until the introductions have been
completed, and I ask that
applause be withheld until all have been introduced.
Ms. Rachael Johnson, member of the Board of
Regents State of Iowa. Ms.
Nancy Boettger, member of the Board of
Regents state of Iowa. Ms.
Nancy Dunkel, member of the Board of
Regents state of Iowa. Doctor
Mark Nook, president. Doctor James
Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president.
Doctor Michael Hager, senior vice president for finance and
operations. Doctor Jan Hanish, vice president for student
affairs. Doctor Kavita
Dhanwada, associate provost for academic
affairs and dean of the graduate college. Doctor Victoria
Robinson, associate vice
president for educator preparation. Doctor
Tim Kidd, chair of university faculty and professor
of physics. Doctor Gayle Pohl, chair of the graduate
faculty and professor of
communication studies. Doctor Kent Johnson, dean of
the division of continuing education and special programs.
Doctor Gaetane Jean Marie, dean of the College
of Education. Ms. Nichole Zumbach Harkin,
instructor in communication
studies. Ms. Roberta Yoder, UNI Alumni
Association Board of Directors. Ms. Natalie Milo, graduate
student studying in the principalship program. Ms.
Maria Rosario Cupul, undergraduate health
promotions major. And Mr.
Hunter Flesch, president Northern Iowa Student
Government. [applause] [applause] [applause] While all of us are
proud and excited to see our graduates cross the
stage today and receive their
diplomas, we respectfully ask that you
refrain from using air horns and other celebratory
instruments during the
ceremony. As your graduate crosses the
stage, please quickly conclude your applause
so the audience can hear the
name of the next candidate. Thank you. Ladies
and gentlemen, at this time, please welcome the president
of the University of Northern
Iowa, Doctor Mark Nook. [applause] [applause] – Thank you. On behalf of the
University of Northern Iowa, we extend a welcome to the
2017 commencement exercises. Graduates, today is
the culmination of your many years of hard work and the
start of your next venture. Family and friends, your
participation today honors
these graduates and the University of Northern
Iowa by your attendance. Your support while your
student has been at UNI has
been integral to their success. This university
has a rich and marvelous history. Central to that history
is the faculty whose commitment to teaching,
learning, scholarship and creative activity, service
and community engagement, and to students, especially to
student success, has made this university a distinguished
place. Would the representatives of the faculty please stand and
receive our greetings? [applause] [applause] [applause] Graduates, congratulations. You have earned the privilege
of being here. We trust these
commencement exercises will be a meaningful
and memorable experience for
you and a culmination of your
studies at the University of
Northern Iowa. Congratulations. Today you will see some of our candidates are
wearing red, white, and blue
honor cords. The honor cords indicate that
these students have served,
are serving, or will be serving our
country following graduation in the military. This recognition
is well deserved, and we are deeply grateful for their service
and bravery which affords us our freedom. Would the
students wearing red, white, and
blue honor cords please rise so
that we may recognize your service? [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] I’d like to ask all the veterans in
our audience to please rise so that we may thank you for
your service as well. Any
veterans please rise. Thank you.
[applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] Thank you for your service to
this country and for making
these ceremonies possible. – We now proceed to the
recognition and award of honors. Doctor James Wohlpart,
executive vice president and
provost of the university will recognize those candidates
honored for their superior
record in scholarship. Doctor Wohlpart. – Ladies and
gentlemen, you may have
noticed that some of our candidates today
are wearing bronze medallions. This medallion indicates that
students are graduating with
summa cum laude honors, which
means they have achieved
an academic level which places them in the
top 3% of their graduating class. This
achievement demonstrates
both a superior level of ability and a
high dedication to scholarship. The university is
very proud to recognize these candidates at this time. Would
the summa cum laude candidates please rise and face the
audience so that we may
honor them? [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] – At these exercises it has
become our pleasant custom
to ask a member of the graduating class to deliver an
address. This year we will have a member of the undergraduate
and graduate classes deliver an
address to their fellow students. Doctor Gaetane
Jean Marie, dean of the College of Education will
introduce this year’s speaker for the undergraduate class. – Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Congratulations
to the graduating class of 2017. I wish you continued
success in your future endeavors. Maria Jose Rosario Cupul is a health promotion
and education major with an emphasis in global
health disparities and humanitarian assistance. She is
an international student from Merida, Mexico where she
studied medicine at Marista University prior to
matriculating to UNI. She recently participated and
won with her team the SOPHE 2017 National Case Study Competition in Denver,
Colorado and also won the Outstanding Health
Education Undergraduate of
the Year Award. This past semester she
interned with the cancer department of the
Black Hawk County Health
Department where she assisted Hispanic
speaking minorities with breast, cervical, and colon
cancer. Her future plans include moving to southern
California to begin a career in advocating for
minority health issues. One of her professors of health
promotion, Doctor Tom Davis, had this to say about Maria.
She is an extraordinary student not only based on her
academic performance, but she has given much of
herself in volunteer assignments in the service of the university
and the community. She is one of the most remarkable
students I have had the
pleasure to know in my 43 year career as a
college professor. It is my pleasure to introduce
our undergraduate speaker, Maria Jose Rosario Cupul.
[applause] [applause] [applause] – Sorry. I’m a little tiny here. Good afternoon. Thank you,
Dean Jean Marie, for your warm introduction.
Distinguished guests, UNI faculty, community
members, friends, family, my fellow UNI
graduates, thank you for allowing me this
wonderful opportunity to speak this afternoon. It’s a
great honor. I have to start by admitting this
wasn’t an easy task for me. I’m
nervous, you can tell, because my parents have
traveled from Mexico to see
me graduate, and I want to make them proud. [applause] [applause] And not to even mention,
English is not my first language, so no pressure
right? My first thoughts while
preparing my speech were how
much I love it here. But it wasn’t always
easy. However, we have all successfully arrived
here today after all those long essays, waking up for
early classes, long nights at our library aided
by strong coffee, working hard to earn money to
pay for an education, all the
exams, and the winters… Ya. The
winters. That was a shock for me. Before
I came to UNI I’d never seen
snow. But we made it in one piece.
And soon, in just a few minutes and
forever after, we will be graduates of the University of
Northern Iowa. That is something which we
can all be proud. If your time at UNI has been
like mine, it has included observed little episodes that
are hard to explain. Afterwords, helping each other
in shared classes as best we
can, share meals and laughter in the
dining hall, the inspiration of great
professors, and the life lessons learned by chance. These are
some of the fragments of college life that have glued
us together. These are the kind of things
that have given our college life
their vitality and the roots of long lasting
memories. Today is a milestone for each
of us and for our families also. And its to our loved ones we
owe our deepest thanks. I
want to say on behalf of all the students
graduating here today, thank you. Thank you to our
friends with whom we have shared this journey and who
made the time easier for us.
And thank you to our families, and particularly our parents, who
supported us at this journey and join us here today.
And I want to take just a tiny moment to thank my
parents who are here all
the way from Mexico. I just want to say to
my parents, [speaking in Spanish]. I want also to spend our final
moments together reflecting on the distinctive
kind of education that has shaped the way we
think about the opportunities
and challenges we now face. Here in UNI, we have a spirit
truly unlike any other. We pride
ourselves in our commitment to learning,
commitment to the pursuit of
excellence in individual and collective
endeavors, the cultivation of a diverse and inclusive
learning and work environment, and of
course, being a warm, welcoming place.
But now we will all go our separate
ways, facing our future challenges. We had many decisions points
in our lives. We’re tested by decisions every day. Some decisions are small, like
whether we buy organic
at the store. Other choices are much larger
and impact our lives. I’m a little older than the
average college seniors. Before coming to UNI I spent
several successful years as a medical student in a
Mexican medical school.
If I’d have continued my medical studies,
today I’ll be a surgeon. But life happened. Ultimately, I felt a
career in medicine was not the right path for me. So I was
at a key decision point in my life. I could follow the known path and continue
my medical studies, but I wanted to dedicate myself to
preventing health problems
instead of curing them. Changing my academic path
meant I had to step out of my comfort zone, resulting in
pursuit of an education in a foreign country here at UNI and challenged myself with a
lot of unfamiliar circumstances including the winters. My presence here today makes
obvious the choice I made, but I have a challenge to all of you here today. As we
sit at a decisive moment in our life, what
choices are you going to
make? Would you make the choice to
step out of your comfort zone?
I can tell you from my experience in the
life I’ve lived so far, it is always worth it to step out of
your comfort zone and to challenge yourself with new
perspective and new ideas. Pick the thing that scares you
the most. Don’t play small, because we
will soon be graduates of
the University of Northern Iowa and we have been
prepared for greater things. I learned through my studies of
English that the word commencement
means both a graduation ceremony and a starting point.
This is a beginning for all of us. Be
brave. Rely on people who care about you.
Challenge yourself with new experiences regardless of the
path you choose. And finally, I want to share with you a quote
from a commencement speech
by former New York City mayor Ed Koch.
The fireworks begin today. Each
diploma is a lighted match. Each one of
you is a fuse. Thank you, UNI, for this great opportunity I had
these past for years. And finally, my best wishes to all of you.
Thank you. [applause] [applause] [applause] – Doctor Kavita
Dhanwada, dean of the graduate college
and associate provost, will now
introduce this year’s speaker for the graduate class.
– It is my honor today to introduce our graduate
student speaker for today’s commencement
exercises, Ms. Natalie Milo. Natalie is the
daughter of Janice and Mike Milo, who are
here with us here today. In addition, she has her brother, John, and sister in law, Hillary. And I heard that the two young
nephews couldn’t make it here
today, but I’m sure they would have been excited
as well. So Natalie hails from Carrollton, Georgia, but she
moved to Davenport, Iowa in 2013 to be closer to her two
nephews. She attended the University of
West Georgia and graduated with a BA in history
and a minor in secondary
education. She was a middle school social
studies teacher in Georgia for several years before coming
to Iowa. After she arrived, she decided that she
wanted to continue her
education. She heard from her colleagues
about the excellent graduate programs at UNI and
decided to apply. She joined the principalship
program in fall of 2015, and she will
receive her MAE today. Now this August Natalie will
begin her new job as principal of Fillmore
Elementary School. She won’t have to move
too far from her current office because she is the school
administrator manager there right now. So just down
the hall. Now principalship is a master’s
program delivered by a distance
education. So all of the students in the
program log in and meet one another along with their
professors electronically every Monday night. The students are
all teachers and educators who are working full time and take
courses at night over a period of five semesters. So Natalie
says that the one thing that she enjoyed most about
the program was the lessons she learned
not only that contributed to
her professional growth, but also to her personal
growth. Now this was due to the faculty who were
so knowledgeable and passionate about their work.
She says she feels graduating from UNI she is a
changed person as she is now much more
confident and excited about entering her leadership
position. Now when asked what she will miss, she said
those weekly group conversations with her
colleagues who are now her
friends. Natalie is already planning to
come back to UNI for her next degree, but she
says she wants to take it
easy just for a little while, for a couple years
maybe, and enjoy being a principal. So congratulations,
Natalie, on all of your accomplishments. We wish you
the best as you take the next
step in your journey. Please join me in
welcoming Natalie. [applause] [applause] – And I’m going to tap into
some of that confidence right now. Thank you so much
for the warm welcome. As Doctor Dhanwada
mentioned, I’m Natalie Milo, and
I stand before you today as a very proud
graduate of University of Northern Iowa’s College of
Education Department of Educational Leadership where I
am earning my MAE principalship. It is such an honor to stand
before you today and be
asked to represent my graduate class
as the student speaker. I am here thanks to the love
and support from my family, close friends, and mentors. The
faculty and staff in the Department of
Educational Leadership have
also played a significant part in my journey
as well as my colleagues and friends in my
cohort. My journey through the graduate program
at UNI has been a tremendous experience, one in which
professional growth and
personal growth are intertwined and
completely inseparable. Not only has my skill set been sharpened and enhanced, I
have made lifelong connections with people across the state of
Iowa and with a truly passionate faculty at Northern
Iowa. This program challenged us, pushed us, and
made us stronger. At the graduate level, our life
circumstances make the journey of earning a
master’s degree even more
adventurous. For example, my cohort heard
questions like did she say yes? Is it a boy or a girl?
Did you get the job? And is it cancer? Not to mention the typical
questions like when is that
due? Do we have to respond to one or two
postings? And how do we cite
in APA again? All of these questions brought us so much closer
together. It strengthened my core values, and it solidified
my philosophy of educational leadership, and it
confirmed my vision to be the educational leader
who will create a new generation of compassionate, socially
aware citizens who are tolerant, innovative, and destined to lead
our community into the future. Our time at the University of
Northern Iowa has enriched and blessed all of
our lives with so many opportunities, and it’s just
starting to open doors for our
futures. As mentioned, my future is
going to start very quickly as I will begin the 2017-2018
school year as the principal of Fillmore
Elementary, part of the
Davenport Community School District. My time in the ed
leadership program has prepared me to face the
challenges within education head on with a sense of
urgency and passion. I am so excited to begin this
new chapter in my life and am looking forward to a
continued partnership with
the University of Northern Iowa.
Yes Doctor Stueve, Doctor Pace,
and Doctor Gilson, I will be coming back
for more, just give me some
time to be a principal and figure that
out and enjoy those empty Monday nights. My fellow
graduates, the future is whatever you choose to make
it, and I encourage you to choose with an open mind and
a compassionate heart. To all of the graduates of the
class of 2017, good luck to you all on your
journey. Congratulations. Thank you. [applause] [applause] [applause] – Natalie and Maria, thank you
very much for your words, for encouraging us to get out of
our box and out of our comfort
zones and also for being very compassionate in our
decisions. Thanks very much. We are honored to have with us
today members of the Board of
Regents state of Iowa. I’d like to thank Regent Dunkel
and Regent Boettger for attending today’s
commencement ceremonies.
Speaking today on behalf of the Board of Regents state of
Iowa is Regent Rachael
Johnson. Regent Johnson is a former
Sioux City North High School
student and was appointed to the Board
of Regents May 1st 2015. Rachael is a junior at the
University of Northern Iowa
pursuing a degree in elementary and middle level
education. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she
hopes to further her education
and passion for higher education through
graduate school. She is a
third generation Iowan and the middle of three
children. In April of 2017, Rachael was
honored with the Truman
Scholarship, one of the nation’s most
prestigious scholarships
awarded annually by the Harry S. Truman
Foundation in support of
its mission to select and support the next
generation of public service leaders. Rachael also
served as part of the Northern Iowa Student Government,
which represents more than
12,000 UNI students. As a senator for
the College of Education, she represented and advocated
for students. Rachael also represented the UNI College of
Education as a student
ambassador. In addition, she serves as a
commissioner for the Iowa
Commission on Voluntary Service and was vice
president of the Iowa Association of Student Councils
from 2011-2014. Please join me in welcoming
Regent Rachael Johnson. [applause] [applause] – Good afternoon. On behalf of
the Board of Regents state of Iowa, I congratulate
you on the academic success
that you have achieved. We are so proud of
your accomplishments. Today you will receive a degree
from one of the finest universities, which has provided you with a
strong foundation for your future
plans. We wish you continued success,
and again, our congratulations to the class of 2017. [applause] [applause] [applause] – Thank you, Regent
Johnson. The University of Northern Iowa
was privileged to bestow an honorary degree
this past March, the 29th given in the
university’s existence. The
distinguished recipient of this degree was Doctor
Robert Waller. Provost Wohlpart will posthumously
recognize Doctor Waller’s
contributions and lifetime achievements. – Robert James Waller was a
distinguished leader, scholar, and author and a well
respected photographer and musician. Raised in
Rockford, Iowa, Doctor Waller attended the University of
Northern Iowa where he
received his Bachelor of Arts degree in
business education in 1962 and Master of Arts in Education
in business education in 1964. He received a PhD in 1968 from the Kelley School
of Business at Indiana University. Doctor
Waller began his career in
higher education teaching management,
economics, and decision theory at the University of
Northern Iowa in 1968 where he continued to
teach until 1989. Doctor Waller served as the
inaugural dean of UNI’s School of
Business, now the College of
Business Administration, for six years
from 1980 to 1986. Doctor Waller’s fictional novel, “The Bridges of Madison
County,” which sold more than 50 million
copies, has been translated into
more than 40 languages, and became both a major
motion picture and a Tony nominated Broadway musical.
In addition to being active in research,
teaching, and writing throughout a long career and
being a member of UNI’s basketball team during his
undergraduate years, Doctor
Waller was involved with music
throughout his life, learning
to play multiple interests. He even
composed songs for the album, “The Ballads of Madison
County.” Doctor Waller’s contributions to
the University of Northern Iowa
have established several scholarships and
professorships. Upon recommendation of the
University Honorary Degree Committee, the Faculty
Senate, and the president of the university, and with
unanimous consent of the Board of Regents state
of Iowa, it was a privilege to present Robert James Waller for
the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Doctor
Waller passed away at his home in
Fredericksburg, Texas on March 9th, 2017. The University of
Northern Iowa bestows this honor upon Doctor
Waller for his dedication and contributions to the
university. Please join me in
thanking him for his work. [applause] [applause] [applause] – We now proceed to the
awarding of degrees. Doctor
Kavita Dhanwada, dean of the graduate college will now
present the candidates for
the degree of Doctor of Education. Those
candidates will please rise. – Mr. President, on behalf of the faculty of the university,
I have the honor to present to you these candidates who have
successfully filled the requirements
for their respective degrees. I am
pleased to commend them to you for the awarding of that degree. – By virtue of the authority granted by the state of Iowa to
the Board of Regents and by them delegated to me, I
hereby grant to each of you, as appropriate and qualified,
the degree of Doctorate in
Education with all the rights and
privileges thereto. I now pronounce you graduates
of the University of Northern
Iowa. [applause] [applause] [applause] Suad Muhammad Abuzaid. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] Saeed Almalki. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] Mona Al-Nassir. [applause] [applause] Polly Angela Brekke. [applause] [applause] Courtney K. Clausen. [applause] [laughter] [applause] Tricia L. Schrage. [applause] [applause] [applause] Jolene K. Teske. [applause] [applause] Jeremy M. Whitaker. [applause] [applause] [applause] – Can we give another round of
applause for all of our new doctors of education?
[applause] [applause] [applause] Dean Dhanwada will now present
the candidates for the master’s
degrees from the College of Education
and the Division of Continuing
Education and Special Programs. Those
candidates will please rise. – Mr. President, on behalf of the faculty of the
graduate college and the
university, I have the honor to present to you these
candidates who have successfully
fulfilled the requirements for their
respective degrees. I am
pleased to commend them to you for the
awarding of those degrees. – By virtue of the authority
granted by the state of Iowa to the state Board of Regents and
by them delegated to me, I hereby grant to each of you, as
appropriate and qualified, the degree of specialist in
education, Master of Arts in
Education, and Master of Arts with all the
rights and privileges pertaining thereto. I now pronounce you
graduates of the University of Northern Iowa. [applause] [applause] – The graduates will
now be individually recognized. Ms. Nicole Zumbach Johnson will
read the names of the graduates. Graduates will be greeted by
their deans and then by department heads and faculty
members as they leave the
stage. – Rebecca Kathryn Carton. Lorena Isabel Harger. Ian William Hubrig. Alexis Ann Johns. Jared Kannenberg. Megan Lynn Kannenberg. Anne Louise Pudenz. Ashley Elizabeth Ament. Michelle Black. Melanie Blocker. Lori Bower. Kelsey Jo Bowers. Victoria Morgan Boyd. Sarah Anne Brynsaas. Kelli Ann Daly. Jennifer Lynne Hageman. Kathryn Sue Ingham. Ashley Renee Amsden
Kokemueller. Natalia Martin Martin. Elizabeth Ann McCartney. Kimberly Sue McCoy-Parker. Amy Patricia McGinn. Jennifer Meeske. Lindsey Nichole Paull. Jennifer A. Reynolds. Sarah Ann Sudol. Jessica Lynne Swaab. Angela Marie Thurman. Maggie Louise Trecker. Alison Ann Waltz. Kristen Lee Aldrich. Whitney Ann Cook. Bartholomew Joseph Frederick. Nicole Evelyn George. Jesus Rosendo Lizarraga. Cheltzie Miller-Bailey. Chantierra Denise Moore. Emily Kai Rollins. Kayla Jane Stafford. Barbara K. Stratman. Madison Renee Twedt. Daniel Anthony Vorwerk. Felix Weigel. Taylor Renee Wirtanen. Jared Ray Ackerman. Brianne Marie Bar. Sara Beth Cummins. John Ryan Hubbard. Matthew Isaac Jenkins. Natalie Katherine Milo. Mikayla Ann Montgomery. Elizabeth M. Reed. Ashley Reimer. Michael Lemanczyk Ross. Kathleen Ann Thode. Andreana Gayle Waller. Heather Marie Williams. Layla Sultan Alosaimi. Nichole Beckman. Olivia Berch. Amanda Caroline Khader. Tracy Nicole Carey. Julie Ann Grunklee. Eryca Sue Hingtgen. Jonathon Wayne Klein. Joyce Levingston. Rochelle Lee Koehnen. Chloe Lim. Thomas Cooper Lockard. Anna Jean Maassen. Matthew Tate Miller and his
support dog, Nala. Jenna Luise Mumm. Miranda Katherine Pomije. Fatimah ALI Almahdi. Alicia Ann Marie Byerschmitt. Shelley Diane Conover. Jessa Nicole Drake. Zachary Arlan Kooiman. Laura Roach Dulitz. Carrie Ellen Dunnwald. Brianne Kristine Fitzgerald. Michelle Guthart Cole. Denise Kainrath. Elizabeth J. Mensing. Anne Marie Nelson. Jacqueline Sue Wehrenberg. Kiersten Running Marquad. Cortney Michele Gilson. Renae Marie Graham. Teresa Erin Moery. Alayna Jean Schutte. Kayla Ruth Wood. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] – The provost of the university,
Doctor James Wohlpart, will now present the
candidates for the bachelor’s
degrees from their respective units. The audience
will find the disciplines and courses of study for each college
listed in your commencement
program. – Will candidates for the bachelor’s degree please stand? [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] Mr. President, on behalf of the faculty of the
University of Northern Iowa, I have the honor to present to
you these candidates who have successfully fulfilled the
requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts Teaching
Program, Bachelor of
Science, and Bachelor of Liberal Studies. I
am pleased to commend them to you for the
awarding of their degrees. – By virtue of the authority
granted by the state of Iowa to the state Board
of Regents and by them delegated to me, I hereby grant to each of
you, as appropriate and as qualified, the Bachelor of
Arts Teaching Program, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor
of Liberal Studies with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto.
I now pronounce you graduates of the University of Northern
Iowa. At this time you may move your tassel from
the right to the left.
Congratulations. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] – Please be seated. We will now individually recognize the graduates. Ms.
Nichole Zumbach Johnson will read the names of the
graduates. Names will be read
in alphabetical order within each department. Graduates will
be greeted by deans and then by
department heads and faculty members as
they leave the stage. [band playing] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ – From the College of Education, the Department of
Curriculum and Instruction, Olivia Rose Acri. Amie Nicole Algreen. Kaitlyn Marie Allen. Taylor Lynn Ambrosy. Brooke Nicole Ameling. Camryn Lynn Amsberry. [unintelligible] Carter Anne Anderson. Kelsey Katelynn Bahrenfuss. Caitlin Blythe Bailey. Emily Jane Bainter. Kayla Ann Hebrank Baird. Ashley Marie Baker. Kailey Lyne Balducki. Marissa Juneann Barton. Tiffany Joy Bean. Cammi Sue Bedwell. Brianna Jean Bell. Jamie Lee Bernhards. Kelsie Berns. Taylor Alexandra Bialas. Ryan Jeffrey Black. Madeline Grace Boesen. Nicole Marie Boleyn. Andrea Lynn Bone. Taylor
Margaret Broshar. Brandi Bueltel. Nolan Eli Burns. Ellen Druecker Cannon. Hannah Marie Carr. Ashley Lyn Chizek. Jeremy Lee Christian. Sarah Anne Christian. Margo Lynn Christianson. Jasmine Janice Ann Clausen. Allissa Ann Clauson. Amy Lynn Cook. Kyleigh Jo Corcoran. Ashley Cordle. Kylie Elizabeth Cornwell. MacKenzie Mae Crist. Karne Marie Croston. Sonya Ann-Marie Curtis. Jami Faye Dahlby. Paige Lee Anne Davidson. Angela Do Davison. Kate
Marie Deakins. Danielle Christine DeLange. Mandy Kay Demaray. Morgan Elizabeth Dobroski. Danielle Lurene Dougherty. Hayley Nicole Drewelow. Molly Elizabeth Dryg. Caitlyn Mae Eimer. Mikaela Mae Ellison. Rebecca Lyn Eslick. Kortney Jo Estrada. Jesse L. Etherington. Staci Paige Eversmeyer. Jessica Jane Ewing. Alissa Sue Fairbanks. Elizabeth Ann Fangman. Genna Laura Flaherty. Lexie Jean Flug. Zoe Renee Garber. Francisco Javier Garcia. Madison Lin Gavin. Amanda Michelle Greene. Jennifer Lynn Grossman. Alex Alan Grunhovd. Kaley Marie Hacker. Mikayla Rose Hamad. Austin Douglas Hartrick. Kathleen Marie Hayes. Kira Elizabeth Hendrickson. Geagan Leigh Hoffman. Murphy Jordan Hogan. Johanna Marie Holck. Colin Max Hubbard. Jerry Lee Hunter. Jessica Margaret Jansen. Kayla Ann Jansen. Shelby Jean Janssen. Brittany Allison Johnson. Taylor Ann Johnston. Allison Elizabeth Jones. Allyson Rae Jungwirth. Joan Elizabeth Kester. Macey Marie Kintzle. Anna Christine Kircher. Samantha Jean Klein. Allison Joyce Klenken. Emma Rae Korson. Anna Elizabeth Kron. Morgan Claire Kuennen. Tessa Elizabeth Landmeier. Shaley Elizabeth Landt. Haley Jessica Larson. Megan Kay Leabo. Tessa Marie Leibold. Amanda Lynn Leslie. Sabrina Jean Lippens. Sarah Elizabeth Loschen. Kelsey Marie Lough. Ashlin Taylor Ludwig. Logan Marie Luense. Shelby Elizabeth Mahr. Ashlea Rose Malek. Megan Marie Manderscheid. Brittany Anne Marks. Courtney Jo Marsden. Melissa Nelson Marwedel. Allison Leigh Maxwell. Addison Christine McCombs. Sarah Ann McCoy. Ashley Marie Meyer. Aubrie Anne Meyers. Allison Kennedy Miller. Rachel Ann Miller. Sarah Elizabeth Miller. Madison Jon Minor. Kris Megan Miranda. Danielle Kathryn Montgomery.
Emily Beth Mujica. Taylor Arin Murphy. Britni Rae Neuendorf. Carissa Marie Newman. Vanessa Ann Nolan. Megan Elizabeth Novotny. Lindsay Nicole Off. Erin Christine O’Leary. Lisa Grace O’Neal. Danielle Morgan Palmer. Emily Mary Pargeon. Kelsey Jo Pettijohn. Lindsey Sue Pothoven. Jill MIchaela Prentice. Megan Lynn Privratsky. Abbigayl Jo Provost. Anna Joy Putman. Taylor Danielle Quinby. Riley Nicole Quintus. McKenna Marie Reicks. Elizabeth Louise Reuter. Elizabeth Anne Riehle. Jacklynn Lee Ripperton. Ashleigh Robinson. Claire Emma Rowden. Meghan Leigh Runyan. Hannah Kaye Russell. Jessica Isabelle Sandy. Carlie Elisabeth Sattler. Abigail Rae Schares. Katherine Anne Schlawin. Karly Kristine Schneeberger. Katelin Tori Schueller. Brooke Elizabeth Seeser. Natalie Elizabeth Severson. Jenna Joann Slocum. Ashley Renee Smith. Haley K. Smith. Rhianna Mackenzie Smith. Danielle Rae Sporrer. Kelsey Lyn Steger. Makenzie Ann Sterk. Mary Kate Stewart. Leah Stifel. Ann Madoline Strom. Miranda Jean Struck. Nicole Ryan Studer. Kelli Jo Theilen. Karlie Elizabeth Tilson. Amy Marie Tilton. Alyson Grace Tuttle. Katelyn Noel Tyler. Amber Sue Van Roekel. Maya Kay VanDriel. Kandice Kay VanDyk. Shea Morgan VanLangen. Krista Lynn VanZuiden. Alexis Veit. Mikayla Marie Vetter. Kylee E. Clover Virgin. Morgan Anne Von Lehmden. Josie Kathleen Wagner. LeAnne Michelle Wait. Logan Emmory Walston. Holly Marie Wanninger. Megan Ann Wellman. Megan Rose Wessels. Marissa Jo West. Ariel Elaine Williams. Paula Winterberg. Fisher Lancaster Woodley. Kari Jo Woodley. Caleb John Wubben. Leslee Rae Young. Shawntel Anna Young. Anna Beth Short. Zachary Lemke. Sam Hinman. Laura Weaver. Alyssa McQueen. Aleisha McCoy. From the Department of
Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services, George
Benjamin Ahrenholz. Nichole Elizabeth Aitchinson. Zainab Alfaraj. Hassan Ali Alyousif. Zachary Douglas Anderson. Janae Jostephanae Annetts. Luke Gregory Arrowood. Shannon Bass. Megan Elizabeth Bergan. Darren Joseph Berthusen. Raheem Rashad Black. Jaidyn Kalene Tetuanui Blanchfield. Shameka Marie Sanders. Zachary Francis Brandt. Janelle Brehm. Kelsie Nichole Briggs. Kyle Joseph Brinning. Alexandra Hart Brookhart. Megan Lea Burditt. Paige Ann Callanan. Megan Renae Capek. Leroy Harrison Carhart IV. Wesley Adonis Castro. Kira Irene Chatterton. Micha Caitlyn Chavez. Dillon Thomas Christensen. Holden Henry Clark. Hope Elizabeth Connor. Amy Jo Cords. Emily Taylor Corr. Drew Jonathon Crotty. Madeline Mae Davidson. Jacob Michael Dawiec. Mackenzie Lynn Demuth. Alisha Bernice Drake. Natalie Dunham. Kimberly Christine Ellingson. Black Marie Ells. Mary Kathryn Fennelly. Joseph David Franklin. Benjamin William Fuchs. Shannon Rae Fynaardt. Justin Anthony Gay. Niccole Railynn Giberson. Erin Cecilia Gomez. Johnathon Todd Gray. Emily Ann Grell. Madison Nicole Grimm. Courtney Joe Grove. Christina Rosalynn Hackbart. Rebecca Jean Herwig. Rachel Lee Heveron. Barkley William Hill. Kyle Thomas Hansen. Alexis Rae Hellman. Kayleigh Marie Helgeson. Jacob Clay Hance. Joshua Lewis Hance. Sararose Elizabeth Holding. Payten McKenzie Hughes. Jessica Anne Haring. Kate Elizabeth Haring. Jacob Bryant Humpal. Jewel Antwain Head. Kensley JoDawna Heater. Matthew Charles Henson. Jade Toni Johnson. Eric Jesse. Janet Kenyon. Taylor Ainsley Kells. Jessica Renee King. Alexa Ann Herman. Lindsey Renee Kite. Ashley Rose Klein. Riley Mackenzie Klimesh. Mary Kathryn Kluesner. Taylor Rae Knopik. Emily Susan Knuth. Brittanie Ann Kochheiser. Blayne Steven Kramer. Tyler Anthony Krogh. Nathan Thomas Kubik. Alex Christopher Lang. Kali Jo Lasher. Jennifer Lynn Llewellyn. Hannah Marie Lundeen. Brittney Ariann Luth. Rebecca Lynne Luxton. Morgan Jo Malskeit. Kylee Amelia Manzer. Evan Jacob Marsh. Rachel Lyn McCarthy. Bret Michael McNeil. Madalynn Ann Meier. Nicholas Austin Menefee. Taylor Lynn Mersch. Haley Marie Meyer. Natalie Ann Meyer. Jacob Morgan. Amber Joy Neisius. Ryan Thomas Nelson. Kendra Chad Nolan. Lindsey Mae Norman. Brenna Mae Oberbreckling. Katelyn Jane Ockenfels. Rebecca Adeline Ohland. Mikenna Marie Owen. Samantha Elizabeth Peak. Megan Marie Petersen. Nick John Peyton. Sandra Pinedo. Zachary Warren Prouty. Erin Marie Reedy. Kyle Steven Roder. Courtney Marie Ronan. Marie Jose Rosado Cupul. Kelsey Jean Schaeffer. Zachary Stephen
Schaller. Sarah Marie Schmidt. Christopher Spencer Schoentag. Lindsey Ann Schulz. John Marken Schwarte. Erin Marie Sharp. Justin Sloter. Sam Thomas Spence. Sara Christine Stevenson. Jenna Estell Strom. Nolan Zachary Swanson. Elizabeth Katherine Thompson. Cody James Tonyan. Giovanni Edward Troiano. Michael Scott VanDenHul. Gabby Grace Weber. Makenzie Marie Westendorf. Jessica Marie Wieneke. Mitchel Berkley Wilson. McKenzie Marie Wiskus. Austin Jon Christensen. Caleb Davey Ciavarelli. Matthew Robert Flugge. Sydney Lauren Grell. Dalton James Hackman. Brandon Lee Hersom. Justin Michael Hall. Chad Davis Jamison. Kelsey Isabelle Kirchoff. Shane Alan Kirchoff. Tyler Brian Kober. Erika Leigh Murphy. Kale Ryan Render. Pierce Skala. Abigail Koster. Brett McCalla. Trevor Jauch. From the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Yobel
Ande. Will David Crees. Waiverly Rhianna Daniels. Alexander Gordon. Mariah Mae Grimm. Jess Laverne Heath. Trevor Charles Hemedinger. Collin Cleofoster Hughes II. Kristina Leigh Mooney. Lindsey Jae Nilles. Tyrone Fitzgerald Scott. Nathaniel John Woodel Seliger. Sanela Sinanovic. Lee Andrew Jackson. Eddie Arias. Chasity Christine Ballew. Carly Marie Beisel. Charles Brown. Michael Garrett. Dylan John Harms. Sarah Ashley Jewell. Thomas Ray Morales. Isaac Lamont Newsome. Mark Louis Nielsen. Emily Lynn Powers. Terry James Richardson. Laquetta Marie Sayles. Zachary Simonson. Jacqueline Renee Sonnet. Todd Michael Struthers. Dwayne Keith Singleton Junior. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] – At this time please welcome Doctor Tim Kidd,
professor and chair of the faculty who teaches in the Department
of Physics. [applause] – Thank you. On behalf of the
faculty, I would like to offer my congratulations to all of
today’s graduates. We are proud of your accomplishments. The
degree you’re receiving is from
an institution that values the quality of your education, is
invested in your experiences
as a student and alumni, and dedicated to provided quality
faculty with diverse backgrounds
to teach its students. Your diploma is a symbol of your
academic success at the University
of Northern Iowa. Display it with pride. We wish you
continued success and best
wishes in the future. Thank you. [applause] [applause] [applause] It is now my pleasure
to introduce Mr. Hunter Flesch, president of
Northern Iowa Student
Government. [applause] [applause] – Thank you, Doctor
Kidd. I’m honored for the opportunity
to speak with you on one of
the most celebratory days of your time at the University of
Northern Iowa. It has been my
privilege to serve as president of Northern
Iowa Student Government for the
past nine months and represent all of you. When you leave the
McLeod Center today, I
encourage all of you to live life fully and make UNI proud. The
faculty and staff, your parents, and friends have
helped you attain the skills
necessary to be successful as we develop our
next journey. Your involvement
at UNI will benefit you in your first job,
graduate school, or any volunteer
opportunities. Take what you have learned and
be the difference. Enjoy today, and congratulations on
your achievement. Go Panthers! [applause] [applause] I would like to
introduce Ms. Roberta Yoder, vice chair of the UNI
Alumni Association Board of
Directors. [applause] – Thank you, Hunter. Greetings distinguished guests, faculty, students, family, and
friends, Oh behalf of the more than
115,000 UNI alumni, I would like to extend congratulations to you,
members of the class of 2017. You have earned a degree
from the University of Northern Iowa, and you should
be proud of this momentous accomplishment.
Your time here as a student was brief compared
to what commences today: your lifelong experience as an alum of this great
institution. I encourage you to become an
engaged and involved Panther. No matter how far away
your career takes you, always know that the
Alumni Association is your constant
connection with UNI. Consider getting involved in
an alumni club, attending a social event, or
coming back to Cedar Falls for homecoming. I
also encourage you to stay connected with the
faculty and staff here at UNI. As a UNI graduate, you and your active participation in the
life of the university will help you continue to develop
personally, to enhance the value of your
degree, and help advance UNI to new
heights. You are joining a family of more
than 115,000 fellow graduates. At this time, I invite all UNI alumni in the audience to please stand and applaud the newest
members of our UNI alumni family. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] Again, congratulations to all of you, our newest UNI
graduates. [applause] [applause] – Thank you, Brenda. I’d like to
ask all of the graduates to please
stand. Ya. Let’s congratulate them one
more time. [applause] Congratulations. Well
done. [applause] [applause] Thank you very much. I want to say congratulations to
all of you again. Thank you for choosing UNI. You’ve honored
us with your presence and made
us all very very proud. You may be seated. Graduates, much of what you’ve
accomplished today is thanks,
in large part, to the faculty and staff. Please
help me congratulate the
faculty and staff again for the education that you have
received. [applause] [applause] [applause] Finally, many of these graduates would not have
achieved their academic success
without the moral and financial support of many in
this audience. Truly, much of the honor of this
commencement belongs to you, the
parents, spouses, children, relatives, and friends of
our graduates. At this time we’d like to recognize
all of you. Will the parents, spouses, relatives, and friends
please stand? [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] In honor of today’s graduates,
please stand and join in the singing of the
University of Northern Iowa
Alma Mater lead by UNI senior, Lauren
Soukup. The music for all to sing can be
found in the back of your
commencement program. [band playing] ♪♪ ♪ UNI O Alma Mater, hear our voices now in song. Hail to thee, O state of plenty. Thou hast raised it proud and strong. True in spirit, strong in knowledge, UNI, we sing our homage. Hail to thee, O Alma Mater, our tomorrows shall be thine. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ From thy hallowed halls of learning, rising from the fertile land, guide to fame they sons and daughters in the pattern of thy hand. True in spirit, strong in knowledge, UNI, we sing our homage. Hail to thee, O Alma Mater, our tomorrows shall be thine. Shall be thine. ♪ ♪♪ [applause] – Thank you, Lauren. Please be seated for our final
announcements. Please direct your attention to
the top of the McLeod Center. At this time we would like to
thank doctor and professor
Doctor Rebecca Brukhardt and our students in
the Northern Iowa Symphony
Orchestra. [applause] [applause] Ladies and gentlemen, you are
invited to attend the commencement reception
outside the McLeod Center on
the plaza immediately following the
ceremony. We ask that all graduates and audience
members remain in place until after the president’s party
has exited the McLeod Center. At that time, all graduates and
guests should exit up the stairs only. These
commencement exercises
being now completed, please rise for the
recessional of the president’s
party. The spring commencement
exercises of 2017 for the University of
Northern Iowa are now
adjourned! [applause] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪

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