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Celebrating Iowa’s spring 2024 graduates

This spring, more than 5,300 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students will earn degrees. As the latest cohort of Hawkeyes prepares to graduate, we celebrate their accomplishments. Take a look at these senior profiles and facts about the Class of 2024.

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Spring commencement ceremonies begin May 9

Looking to support our newest class of graduates as they complete their time at Iowa? Mark your calendars for spring commencement ceremonies, which begin May 9. Find out when and where ceremonies will take place and who will speak at each event.

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Decker, Ray to receive honorary degrees this spring

William Decker, who was instrumental in developing technology infrastructure at Iowa, and Charles Ray, recognized as one of the preeminent contemporary sculptors in America, will receive honorary degrees from Iowa at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement ceremonies on May 11. Read more about these extraordinary recipients.

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Provide your input for the next vice president for research

The search committee for the university’s next vice president for research is seeking your input about several aspects of research at Iowa, including qualities you’d like to see in the next leader. You can also nominate someone for the position. Share your thoughts by taking this brief survey. The deadline is May 15.

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15 UI students, alumni receive Fulbright awards to travel abroad in 2024-25

Fifteen UI students and alumni were chosen from more than 10,000 Fulbright Award applicants nationwide to represent the U.S. Department of State in 12 countries as Fulbright scholars during the 2024-25 academic year. The students will teach English abroad, serve in local community organizations, enroll in graduate studies at cutting-edge universities, and conduct research and creative arts projects.

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CLAS doctoral candidate receives prestigious Mellon/ACLS Fellowship

Darius Stewart, a UI graduate student pursuing a PhD in English, has been named a 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellow. Stewart was one of 45 people selected out of more than 700 applicants for the fellowship, which allows recipients to continue work on their dissertations. Read more about Stewart’s work.

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Keith Haring exhibit to open Saturday at Stanley Museum of Art

A new exhibit celebrating the legacy of renowned artist Keith Haring will open Saturday, May 4, at the Stanley Museum of Art. The opening reception will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, which is also Haring’s birthday. The exhibit will remain open until Jan. 7.

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23 new Herky statues parade across campus

Graduation Herky—which was part of the 2014 iteration of the community’s Herky on Parade public art project—has become one of the most iconic figures on the University of Iowa campus. This year, 23 new Herky statues have been placed across campus as part of the 2024 rendition of Herky on Parade. This list of locations and photo gallery can help you find them all.

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How faculty and staff can support student mental health

While a student’s first year can be intimidating, many of these anxieties continue throughout all their years at college. From balancing a job to navigating personal relationships, big and small stressors present themselves daily. Many students are just starting to develop the skills to resolve these independently, and sometimes they need additional support to persevere. Here are some ways faculty and staff can help.

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New, enhanced tools available to help you with your research

Over the past year, Iowa has made plans to enhance or introduce new tools to aid you in your research. Read more about what these tools can do, including performing large-scale analysis, training to use resources, and ensuring citations are accurate.

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Celebrate 45 years of the Obermann Center

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is celebrating 45 years of being a hub for artists, scholars, and researchers who connect the UI with the world. Celebrate this milestone anniversary—as well as the retirement of Obermann director Teresa Mangum—at 5 p.m. May 6 at Hancher Auditorium’s Stanley Café. You can RSVP online.

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