Commencement, 1977-1986

Commencement in the UNI-Dome, 1985

 


1977

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 14, 1977
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title: Hon. Dick Clark, United States Senator from Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Over 1,000 students received degrees.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 29, 1977
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Charles L. Babcock, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Classics, The Ohio State University (Commencement Address) "Tutankahamun and Star Trek"
  • Events:
    •  Commencement was held on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    •  Approximately 1,400 students received degrees.

 


 

1978

Spring Commencement:

  • Date: Saturday, May 13, 1978
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hon. John C. Culver, United States Senator from Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Over 1,000 students received degrees.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 28, 1978
  • Site: Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  John J. Kamerick, Ph.D., President of the University of Northern Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Commencement exercises were canceled, and subsequently reinstated by President Kamerick.
    • 276 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


 

1979

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 19, 1979
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  John J. Kamerick, Ph.D., President of the University of Northern Iowa (Commencement Address)  Jerome Marvin Redmond, Candidate in Science (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 PM.

  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Over 1,000 students received degrees and diplomas.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 27, 1979
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  James G. Martin, Ph.D., Vice President and Provost of the University of Northern Iowa (Commencement Address) "Prosaic Academic Advice"  Richard Lowell Guenther, Candidate for the Degree of Special Education (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on July 27 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Over 250 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


 

1980

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 17, 1980
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Nancy Price Thompson (Commencement Address) "Breaking Away"  Bonnie Miller McDougall, Candidate in Philosophy (Student Address) "Endings and Beginnings: Graduates in an Age of Crisis"
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Over 1,000 students received degrees and diplomas.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, August 1, 1980
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Margarette F. Eby, Ph.D., Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts (Commencement Address) "A Giant Step"  Gary Steven Phillips, Candidate for the Degree of Specialist (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Friday, August 1 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 305 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


 

1981

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 23, 1981
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hon. Charles Grassley, United States Senator from Iowa (Commencement Address)  Karla Day Lambert, Candidate in Physical Education (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 1,600 students received degrees and diplomas.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 31, 1981
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Gordon J. Rhum, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Acting Dean, College of Education (Commencement Address) "Powers and Choices"  Elaine Penn, Candidate for the Degree of Master of Arts in Education (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement held on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 298 students received degrees and diplomas.

 Fall Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, December 12, 1981
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Alan E. Wright, Candidate in Marketing (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • A petition was signed by 250 people to revive fall commencement.
    • Commencement exercises were held the weekend prior to finals in hopes of increasing the attendance.
    • About 300 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


 

1982

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 8, 1982
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hon. Harold Hughes, Former United States Senator from Iowa (Commencement Address)  Jon D. McNamee, Candidate in Geography (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 1,000 students received degrees and diplomas.

 Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 30, 1982
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  John Charles Downery, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate College (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement held Friday, June 30 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 300 students received degrees.

Fall Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, December 11, 1982
  • SiteUNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Fred D. Carver, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 500 students received degrees.

 


 

1983

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 7, 1983
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hon. Harold Hughes, Former United States Senator from Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 PM.
    • Graduation Brunch was held on Saturday, May 7 at both 10:30 AM and noon in the Commons Ballroom.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 1,200 students received degrees.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 29, 1983
  • Site:  West Gymnasium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Robert J. Waller, D.B.A., Dean, School of Business (Commencement Address) "Romance"
  • Events:
    • Commencement held Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Commencement was not held in the UNI-Dome due to the National Junior Wrestling Championships.
    • About 185 students received degrees.

Fall Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, December 10, 1983
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Clifford G. McCollum, Ed.D., Dean, College of Natural Sciences (Commencement Address) "The Real World of the University"
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, December 10 at 1:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • This was the first ceremony to be presided over by President Constantine W. Curris.
    • This was the first ceremony to be signed for the hearing impaired. Alice Humrickhouse served as the interpreter.
    • Approximately 500 students received degrees.

 


 

1984

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 5, 1984
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title: 
  • Events:
    • Graduation luncheons were held on Saturday, May 5 at 10:30 AM and noon in the Commons and the Towers.
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 1,500 students received degrees.
    • The Class of 1934 was recognized as the 50-year honor class.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, July 27, 1984
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Friday, July 27 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 400 students received degrees.

Fall Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, December 15, 1984
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Willard A. Wood, Candidate in Physics (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Graduation Brunch, sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors, was held on Saturday, December 15.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 500 students received degrees.

 


 

1985

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 11, 1985
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Clark Christensen, Candidate in Accounting (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Graduation Brunch was sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors, and held on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 900 students received degrees.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, August 2, 1985
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Louise Beauchamp Houghton, Candidate, Master of Arts in Political Science (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement held Friday, August 2 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 372 students received degrees.

Fall Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, December 14, 1985
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Christine Mae Koester, Candidate in Political Science (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 PM.
    • The Graduation Brunch was sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors, and held on Saturday, December 14.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Nearly 600 students received degrees.

 


 

1986

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 10, 1986
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Susan Marie Fleming, Candidate in Middle School/Junior High (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement held Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 PM.
    • Graduation Brunch, sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors, was held on Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Nearly 1,200 students received degrees.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Friday, August 1, 1986
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Cherl Wogens Budlong, Candidate, Doctor of Education (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Friday, August 1 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • This was the first commencement in which an Ed.D graduate was honored.
    • About 400 students received degrees.

Fall Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, December 20, 1986
  • Site:  UNI-Dome
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Mary B. McAdam, Candidate in Administrative Management (Student Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Saturday, December 20 at 1:00 PM.
    • The Graduation Brunch, sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors, was held on Saturday, December 20.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 600 students received degrees.

 

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