Iowa State graduation ceremonies begin Friday


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Member of the Iowa State Fall 2017 Graduating waves to friends and family after walk into Hilton Coliseum Dec 16.

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More than 2,000 Iowa State graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in this weekend’s commencement ceremonies.

On Friday, the graduate commencement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m at Hilton Coliseum. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and will also be held at Hilton Coliseum.

Tickets are not needed for either of the ceremonies and will both be livestreamed.

An estimated 2,319 Iowa State students completed their degrees in the fall 2018 semester, according to a press release.

It is anticipated that just under 2,000 of these students will be obtaining their bachelor’s degree; 200 will be obtaining their master’s degree and an additional 100 are estimated to be doctoral students, according to a press release.

Iowa State alumus Theaster Gates will be receiving a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the undergraduate ceremony. Gates is currently a professor of visual arts at the University of Chicago.

This year’s graduate address will be given by Iowa State alumnus James McShay. McShay is the assistant chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Previously, McShay served eight years at Iowa State as faculty member and the director of undergraduate education for the department of curriculum and instruction, according to a press release.