Fall 2014 Graduation Ceremony

Date: 12/18/2014
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Main Campus—Tama Hall

Students who have completed certificates, diplomas, or associate degree programs during the Fall 2014 Semester are eligible to participate in the 2014 Fall Graduation Ceremony.

Students must fill out the graduation application and measure for cap and gown to participate in commencement. Not measuring for cap and gown indicates to the Student Life office that you do not intend to participate in commencement.

The graduation ceremony will be held at Tama Hall on Hawkeye's Main Campus.

Any guest(s) over the age of two must have a ticket to be seated in the auditorium at the ceremony. An overflow room will be available for guests who do not have a ticket. Graduates can pick up tickets two weeks prior to the ceremony at the Brock Student Center.

Graduation Rebroadcast Times

The graduation ceremony will also be rebroadcast December 19, 2014 through January 30, 2015 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.

Keynote Speaker—Catharine Freeman

Catharine Freeman isn’t one for standing on the sidelines. Since she first arrived at Hawkeye in 2002, Freeman has been an advocate for her students. She goes out of her way to help students realize their potential and prepare for further education to become educators themselves. Her passion, drive, and integrity have garnered praise from students and admiration from peers, culminating in Hawkeye’s 2013 Outstanding Service Award for Faculty.

Examples of Freeman’s leadership are numerous and varied. On top of teaching education courses and advising more than 100 students each semester, she developed curriculum for education courses and coordinated the partnerships and agreements to help Hawkeye students transition to four-year programs. She made it a goal to grow the Education Transfer program and cultivate a sense of community, increasing course offerings from three in 2002 to more than 10 currently, including a coaching endorsement.

Freeman takes a personal interest in her students’ success, advising the Education Club, devoting time to mentoring students, and coordinating service learning projects. Her passion for education and empathy for her students empowers them for college success. She works tirelessly to understand their individual needs, creating evening courses in education and early childhood education and coordinating high school and transfer institution partnerships. In 2014 she was appointed Dean of the School of Communications, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts, a role which allows her to use her experience and skills toward the continuous improvement of the College.

She is a member of the Hawkeye Assessment Committee, STEM Task Force, Leader in Me Task Force, and volunteers as a mentor with TeamMates.

Freeman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Viterbo University. She has completed the coursework for her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Education and Effective Schools and is working on her dissertation through Grand Canyon University. She and her husband of 17 years, Steve, live in Waverly with their rescued Great Dane, Maisey, and greyhound, Dude.

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