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Greeting, Hawkeye parents!

It’s hard to believe that the year is just about over, but most University commencement ceremonies will take place next week, with the first summer session kicking off May 17. Read on to learn more about graduation, career workshops for seniors, and summer in Iowa City.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, is proud of undergraduates’ accomplishments this year, but also finds springtime to be bittersweet as a group of students moves on to the next stage of their lives. Link to message.

Time to solidify graduation plans
If you have any last-minute questions about your student’s graduation ceremony, check out the registrar's site. Also, TV journalist Tom Brokaw will deliver the keynote address at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony, so if you’re planning to attend, make sure you arrive early; for details, see the news release.

Midyear tuition surcharge refunded
UI students charged a $100 tuition surcharge earlier this year are receiving a full refund, thanks to a state appropriations bill that provided the University with supplemental, one-time support in April. To learn more, see the news release.

Career workshops to help students prepare for job search
With graduation just around the corner, the Pomerantz Career Center is offering a series of workshops in May geared toward seniors. In Suit Camp: A Boot Camp for Your Job Search, students will hear from career advisors on topics from perfecting one’s résumé to acing an interview. For more details, see

Nite Ride extends hours during Finals Week
Nite Ride, a UI Department of Public Safety program that provides free, late-night transportation for women, will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 9, through Friday, May 14. For more information, see Also, click here to read about one of the Nite Ride drivers.

Campus kitchens aspire to satisfy sophisticated tastes
Food offerings on college campuses have changed quite a bit over the years—choices now include everything from sushi to tofu-stuffed peppers to chocolate chip cheesecake. To read about the tasty tidbits UI students enjoy, check out this Parent Times article.

Student employees honored for contributions, professionalism
Student employees are important to many campus programs and operations, and each year supervisors nominate the best ones for Student Employee of the Year recognition. This year’s honoree is Allison Momany, a junior psychology major from Amana, Iowa, who works as a research assistant in pediatrics. Additional students earned certificates of distinction. To learn more, see the news release.

President Mason discusses current events with student newspaper
UI President Sally Mason recently sat down with staff members of the Daily Iowan to address the 21-only ordinance, hiring a chief diversity officer, and her experience hosting President Obama. To read more, see the Daily Iowan story.

Music, arts take center stage downtown over the summer
Summer in Iowa City is just around the corner. Although the campus quiets down a bit, the University community bustles with weekly programs downtown of live music, film screenings, and the arts. To see what’s going on or to plan help your visit to town, check out

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