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Hawkeye Community College Commencement Ceremony Set for May 3

posted on Monday, April 15, 2024 in  College News

WATERLOO—The Hawkeye Community College commencement ceremony is set for Friday, May 3, at 7:00pm. 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 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024 graduates. 

Keynote speaker will be Quentin Hart, mayor of the City of Waterloo. Hart is the first African American elected to the office of mayor for the City of Waterloo. Preceding the election, Hart was the associate director of multicultural affairs for Hawkeye Community College, providing leadership for multicultural initiatives and promoting awareness and appreciation for diversity on campus and the community. In the eight years preceding his election, Hart represented the citizens of Waterloo as Ward 4 Councilman and was the first African American-appointed Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Waterloo.

Students speakers will be Lisa Ellingworth of Waverly and Alina Brühlmeier from Berne, Switzerland. Ellingworth will graduate this spring with an Associate of Applied Arts in Professional Photography, while Brühlmeier will graduate with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.

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


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