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Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremony


Friday, May 17, 2019


Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Students who have completed certificates, diplomas, or associate degree programs during the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019 semester are eligible to participate in the Spring 2019 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 University of Northern Iowa McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. Guests will not need a ticket to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

Can't make it to the ceremony? Watch the livestream here!

The ceremony will be streamed via YouTube. Re-visit this calendar page to watch live or catch the replay.

Live Feed from Commencement 2019!

Student Speaker: Kieren Underdown

Kieren Underdown grew up in Lowestoft, England, where he attended Pakefield High School and was involved with soccer. After graduation, Kieren spent the next two years working toward the opportunity to move to the United States. 

That dream became a reality in the fall of 2017, when Kieren arrived in the U.S. to continue his education and athletic career. He transferred to Hawkeye Community College in the fall of 2018, and is now graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts.

While at Hawkeye, Kieren served as a team captain on the RedTail Men’s Soccer team, competing in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. He earned honorable mention on the athletic All-Region XI team, and was first-team all-region for academics. His hard work and dedication to both the soccer program and his studies led to Kieren being named Hawkeye’s 2019 Male Athlete of the Year.

Kieren plans to transfer to Upper Iowa University, where he will continue to play soccer while majoring in psychology.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Allen

Dr. Linda Allen has dedicated more than two decades of her career to education. That career includes 13 years at Hawkeye Community College, first as vice president of Academic Affairs, then college president – a position she began in March 2011 and from which she will retire on June 30, 2019.

During her tenure, the college expanded career programs in high schools across Hawkeye’s 10-county service area, helping students identify viable career pathways and gain valuable career skills and college credit before leaving high school.

Dr. Allen oversaw construction of the new Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center in downtown Waterloo, the first major project funded by the $25 million bond referendum overwhelmingly approved by voters in February 2015. The new three-story, 45,000-square foot building opened on January 2, 2019.

She also focused on efforts to remove barriers to education and partnering with community organizations to better serve students. This includes the addition of student success specialists on campus and collaboration with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to assist students who are food insecure.

Her leadership has gained recognition at the state and national levels. The Iowa Association of Community College Trustees named her Outstanding Chief Administrator in 2014, and in 2015 she received the Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, which recognizes leadership and innovative contributions made by a community college chief executive.

She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Iowa. Her scholarly research and publications are in the areas of medical anthropology, transcultural psychology, immigration studies, Asia-Pacific Rim relations, and gender studies.


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