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Kyle Lastine, a fourth-year student who will be graduating in May, poses for a portrait in the Chemistry Building on Monday, April 25, 2022. Lastine entered the University of Iowa at age 16 through the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy.

‘Speed-running college:’ Nontraditional UI students prepare to graduate ahead of their peers

Kate Perez, News Reporter May 10, 2022

At age 16, Kyle Lastine wanted to accelerate his postsecondary education. Lastine is set to graduate from the University of Iowa in May at 18 years old. He completed his undergraduate degree in...

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Affinity graduations return in-person, full capacity on campus

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, News Reporter May 8, 2022

To highlight minority students on campus, many Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement, or MISSE, centers are hosting graduation celebrations this spring. The celebrations are...

Contributed photo, from left to right, of Lauren Fuller, Delaney Patrick, Olivia Friederick, Esti Brady, and Grace Wenstrom. The group traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to congress members.

UI provides four seniors an education in human rights advocacy

Emily Delgado, News Reporter May 8, 2022

Four graduating University of Iowa seniors found a purpose for human rights advocacy and activism in the university’s Human Rights Certificate. Through the certificate, Grace Wenstrom, Lauren...

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UI student to represent Indigenous, first-generation populations on national committee

Ryan Hansen, News Reporter September 26, 2021

A University of Iowa doctoral candidate will serve as the only student on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity under the U.S. Department of Education. Molly Hall-Martin,...

A Herky statue with a PHIL Was Here sash stands on the Pentacrest on Monday, April 24. Beginning in 2012, the UI launched PHIL Was Here to celebrate philanthropy at the university.

Last year of college has felt ‘incomplete’ for University of Iowa seniors

Lily Rosen Marvin, News Reporter May 11, 2021

Senior Savannah DeGroot plans to head to their aunt’s house in Des Moines for graduation day. They’ll put on their cap and gown and grab some breakfast. When their name comes across the TV screen,...

Graduating student veteran, Paul Richards, poses for a portrait outside of Calvin Hall on May 4, 2021.

Graduating at any age: how two nontraditional students navigated their time at the University of Iowa

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter May 11, 2021

When Mekhia Hillgren realized she would only have one “normal” semester of college, she contemplated changing her graduation plans. Hillgren came to the University of Iowa in fall 2019, fresh...

The statue of Nile Kinnick is seen outside of Kinnick Stadium on May 5, 2021.

UI hosts in-person graduation celebration at Kinnick Stadium for spring 2021 graduates

Brady Osborne, News Reporter May 10, 2021

After enduring a life-altering pandemic for more than a year, University of Iowa graduates will end their college careers where, for some, it began — at Kinnick stadium. To reduce potential COVID-19...

The outside of the University of Iowa International Programs office as seen on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Inaugural international student affinity graduation ceremony at the UI held by Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and International Programs

Mary Hartel, News Reporter May 9, 2021

Mia Qu said she still remembers landing at the Cedar Rapids airport before beginning her first semester at the University of Iowa. “I remember talking to a few other students on campus, and meeting...

The Lindquist Center is seen on October 12, 2020. The College of Education, Special Education and Psychology faculty were awarded a $1.6 million grant.

University of Iowa introduces new interdisciplinary education program

Morgan Ungs, News Reporter October 12, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $1.6 million to the University of Iowa for a new interdisciplinary project to merge the Special Education and Psychology fields together for an Education Specialist...

Graduate student Carter Cook studies for his online classes in his apartment. He only has one in-person discussion this semester.

UI graduate students struggle to maintain safety and trust in their programs

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter August 27, 2020

As graduate students embark on masters and doctoral programs during the pandemic, their education is looking a lot different, especially when it comes to learning to be a teaching assistant. After...

All graduating seniors that participated in the Rainbow Graduation pose after the event on Tue. May 8, 2018 held in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The Rainbow Graduation allows LGBTQ students to celebrate their graduation as a group.

UI multicultural, diversity centers explore new ways to celebrate graduating seniors amid COVID-19

Mary Hartel, News Reporter May 10, 2020

Campus coordinators are using social-media spotlights, mailed gifts, and video celebrations to highlight 2020 graduates among various identity-based University of Iowa communities after the UI canceled...

A Herky statue with a PHIL Was Here sash stands on the Pentacrest on Monday, April 24. Beginning in 2012, the UI launched PHIL Was Here to celebrate philanthropy at the university.

Hawkeyes to celebrate graduation with unprecedented virtual commencement

Lauren White, News Reporter May 10, 2020

  Around 5,400 University of Iowa graduates won’t walk across a stage to be handed a diploma in front of hundreds of graduates’ friends and family members this weekend. Instead, more than...

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