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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Tomorrow, we flip our calendars to May and, suddenly, the end of the school year is just days away! Students wrap up classes for the spring semester on Friday, with final exams scheduled for May 7 through 11, and commencement just after that. Congratulations to the Class of 2012, and best wishes for a fun and productive summer to the rest of our Hawkeyes!


Get ready for graduation day
Is your student graduating this spring? The Office of the Registrar has detailed information about this spring’s commencement ceremonies, including directions and parking information, photography guidelines, links to hotel accommodations, and more on its website.

The president’s visit to Iowa
President Barack Obama addressed students and community members during an April 25 speech at the UI Field House. It was Obama’s second visit to the university as president, and only the third campus visit by a sitting U.S. president. View photos from the event and from protesters outside the Field House, and watch a video of the president’s speech on Iowa Now.

UI student: Talking with Obama an 'amazing experience'
Before President Barack Obama delivered his speech at the UI Field House last week, he met with a small group of students at the Iowa Memorial Union to discuss financial aid issues and hear their personal stories. Three of those students share their accounts of the roundtable on Iowa Now.

UI works to keep college affordable
President Barack Obama emphasized the need to keep college affordable during his visit to the University of Iowa on April 25. Leading up to his visit, Iowa Now highlighted some of the ways the university is keeping the college dream alive for students from all backgrounds, including campus employment, support for veterans, scholarships, and partnerships with community colleges. You can also read UI President Sally Mason’s remarks about college access and affordability from the day of the speech.

Career Center holding ‘Suit Camps’ in May
Encourage your job-searching junior or senior to attend a workshop during the Pomerantz Career Center’s Suit Camp: A Boot Camp for Your Job Search on May 2 and 15. Career advisors will address resumes and cover letters, job search strategies, and interviews. More information and registration is available at

Residence hall checkout procedures posted
UI residence halls will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Residence hall staff will be available to help students check-out from the halls from May 5 to May 12. Click here to find a PDF detailing checkout procedures and information about interim housing.

Student employees honored for contributions, professionalism
Student employees are important to many campus programs and operations. Each year, supervisors nominate the best ones for Student Employee of the Year recognition. This year’s honoree is Dane Pratt of Oxford, Iowa, who contributes to valuable pain research in the UI Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Additional students earned certificates of distinction. To learn more, see the story in Iowa Now.

Spring on the Pentacrest
A mild winter coupled with unseasonably warm spring temperatures have put campus landscapers ahead of schedule this year. View a slideshow of spring color at

Zumba craze dances into Iowa
UI Recreational Services says the popularity of Zumba, a program that mixes Latin dancing with body-toning exercises, has skyrocketed. In 2011, rec services offered three classes per week taught by one instructor. This year, it’s offering 14 classes per week, taught by seven instructors. Read the story and get a glimpse of a UI Zumba class in the Daily Iowan.

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

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