Graduation Ceremony

Date: 5/13/2016
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: McLeod Center–University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Students who have completed certificates, diplomas, or associate degree programs during the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, or Summer 2016 semester are eligible to participate in the Spring 2016 Graduation Ceremony.

Students must fill out the graduation application and purchase their cap, gown, and tassel to participate in commencement.

The graduation ceremony will be held at the McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa's main campus in Cedar Falls. Guests will not need a ticket to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

Order your 2016 Graduation Ceremony DVD today!

Graduation Ceremony Rebroadcast

The graduation ceremon will rebroadcast May 18–July 1 at  10:00am, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm online on the Hawkeye Channel and on the following channels:

  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls Mediacom
    • Channel 18—with a set top box
    • Channel 79.5—without a set top box
  • Cedar Falls Utilities *
    • SD Channel 19—with a set top box
    • Channel 95.3—without a set top box
  • Tripoli, Plainfield, Clarksville-Butler-Bremer Communications
    • Channel 70 (Basic)

* Due to a channel sharing agreement with UNI, graduation will not be rebroadcast on Cedar Falls Channels 18, 95.3, and 19 at 8:00pm.

 Student Speaker: Sarah Ludwig, Class of 2016

Sarah Ludwig grew up on a farm outside of Dyersville. She became involved with 4-H in fourth grade, her involvement growing when she went through school. At Western Dubuque High School, Sarah was involved in show choir and tennis. After graduation in 2014, she came to Hawkeye Community College to pursue a Liberal Arts Transfer degree.

Sarah was extremely involved on campus during her two years at Hawkeye. She became a Student Ambassador and joined the Student Leadership Council. In fall 2015 she was named a Student Ambassador Leader and elected Student Leadership Council vice president. She also held a work-study position with Student Life.

After graduating from Hawkeye, Sarah plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a degree in family services. She is excited to see where the future takes her.

 Keynote Speaker: Senator Bill Dotzler

Senator Bill Dotzler was elected in 2014 to his fourth term in the Iowa Senate, after serving three terms in the Iowa House. He represents Waterloo, Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Raymond, Washburn, and Gilbertville in southeast Black Hawk County.

Senator Dotzler is an assistant majority leader and chair of the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, Human Resources, Labor & Business, Ways & Means, and International Relations committees.

In addition to his legislative work, Senator Dotzler served on the board at the Iowa Institute for Public Leadership and as a member of the 21st Century Workforce Council and the Governor’s Housing Task Force. He currently serves on the Iowa Workforce Development Board, the Innovation Council, and the Small Business Development Council.

He has served his community as chair of the board of directors for the Waterloo Nursing Association, president of the Friends of Hartman Reserve Nature Center, and charter president of Cedar Trails Partnership. He was also on the initial board of directors of Black Hawk Leadership.

Senator Dotzler was in the United States Army Security Agency, Military Intelligence from 1969-72. Before receiving an honorable discharge, he was an honor graduate in Special Identification Techniques Operator School in Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He received Top Secret Cryptographic Security Clearance and did his tour of duty in Berlin, Germany, from 1970-72.

He has received numerous special recognitions and awards, including the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, the Governor’s Special Recognition Award, and the Governor’s Lifesaving Award. In 2000, he received the International Citation Award for workforce development, an award once granted to President John F. Kennedy.

Senator Dotzler graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1966. He received his Associate of Arts from North Iowa Area Community College in 1969 and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

He is retired from John Deere Waterloo Works, where he was employed as a machine operator and labor representative. He also worked for Area 7 Job Training Administration.

2016 Graduation Ceremony DVD

Students, family, and friends can now purchase a DVD of the Spring 2016 graduation ceremony. Pre-order today.

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