Hawkeye Community College Commencement Ceremony Set for May 11

posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in  College News

WATERLOO—The Hawkeye Community College commencement ceremony is set for Friday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus, located at 2501 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. The event recognizes fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018 graduates.

Keynote speaker is the Honorable Quentin Hart, who is currently serving his second term as the first African-American mayor for the City of Waterloo. Prior to election, he was the associate director of multicultural affairs at Hawkeye Community College and represented Ward 4 on the Waterloo City Council. He serves on the executive board of the Iowa League of Cities, and is involved with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, the State of Iowa Commission on Aging, the Iowa Department of Education’s Equity Leadership Team, Future Ready Iowa, Black Hawk County NAACP, Metro Coalition of Cities, Leader Valley Council, and Social Action Inc. He is also founder and director of the Heart-Waterloo Home Enhancement Project. Mayor Hart has received numerous honors for his work to improve communities and increase opportunities for all people. 

Student speaker is Kristi Mensen. A graduate of Dyersville Beckman Catholic High School, Mensen came to Hawkeye in 2016 and found her passion in the Animal Science program. She became actively involved with Hawkeye’s Global Agriculture Learning Center, traveling to Brazil to study the South American agricultural economy. She was selected as a member of the Iowa Sister States delegation to Kosovo in 2017, and this summer she will travel to Malaysia representing a new partnership between Hawkeye Community College, Penn State University, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is a member of the RedTail Women’s Soccer team, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a Student Ambassador. She plans to transfer to Iowa State University this fall and major in Agriculture Systems Technology and minor in Global Agriculture. 

No tickets are necessary to attend the graduation ceremony. Family and friends who are unable to attend can watch live online at www.hawkeyecollege.edu/graduation.


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