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Iowa Lakes Community College Spring 2017 Commencement set for May 12

May 10, 2017

The Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony for Iowa Lakes Community College will be held Friday, May 12. Following the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters, 364 students have completed or are in progress to complete the requirements for their degrees or diplomas at Iowa Lakes. Nearly 200 students plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony. 

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Estherville Campus. Guests are advised to arrive early to ensure seating. 

Attendees at the commencement exercises will be welcomed by College President Valerie Newhouse. Janice Lund, President of the Board of Trustees, will acknowledge the Trustees. 

Keynote speakers this year are students Courtney Calkins and Cammy Trierweiler.

Calkins, from Osseo, Minn., is an Associate in Arts degree recipient, who will be introduced by Katie Larson, Head Softball Coach and Estherville Student Senate Coordinator. 

Trierweiler, Greenville, is also receiving her A.A. degree from Iowa Lakes. She will be introduced by Mary Faber, Director of the Spencer and Spirit Lake campuses.  

Scott Stokes, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, will lead the special recognition section of the evening which will include Abi Sedlacek, Instructor, introducing the Presidential Scholars and Christopher Fuhrman, presenting the Jim Hall Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Stokes will then lead the Presentation of the Candidates followed by Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees Member Bob Jennings, who will conduct the Conferring of the Degrees and Diplomas. 

Dr. Martha Olson, Professor, and Michael Nichols, Professor, will lead the roll call of candidates. President Newhouse will present the Diplomas and Degrees. 

This will be the 10th year that the commencement exercises will be Webcast. Those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person may still watch the event by logging onto the college website at and then clicking on 2017 Spring Commencement Live Broadcast and following the directions.

After the ceremony, everyone is invited to attend a reception to be held in the college 4-plex.

For More Information:

Barb Grandstaff, Director of Records and Registration, at 712-362-7923

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