Thursday, December 18, 2014

The College of Engineering is planning for both undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, December 19 and 20. There are 103 candidates for a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering degree, 25 candidates for a Master's degree, and 10 candidates for a doctorate degree.  Five BSE degree candidates are graduating with a second major, 52 with a minor, one with a certificate, three with honors, and nine with distinction.

The Graduate College commencement ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. December 19 at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Doors to Carver Hawkeye Arena open at 6:00 p.m. Graduates should plan to arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. For questions regarding the ceremony or apparel for students or faculty, contact Kathy Klein Gerling ( or at 335-3492.

The Engineering undergraduate commencement ceremony will take place at 12:00 Noon December 20 at Mcbride Hall Auditorium.  College of Engineering dean Alec Scranton will preside over the event; UI Provost Barry Butler will confer the degrees. George D. Ashton, Ph.D., a 1961 graduate, will give the charge to the graduates and be inducted into the college’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, becoming the third of three Ashton brothers to receive the honor.  Addressing fellow graduates will be civil engineering senior Soley Thorsteinsdottir.

A reception brunch will be held for graduates and family members from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Student Commons in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

College of Engineering ceremonies will be streamed live on the web at They also will be posted on the university’s YouTube channel ( within 24 hours.

Katelyn Balling in the International Programs Office has created a page for the Chinese commencement broadcast to benefit Chinese graduates' family and friends.  Go to