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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The end of the school year is just days away. Students wrap up classes for the spring semester on May 9, with final exams scheduled for May 12-16 and commencement just after that. Congratulations to the Class of 2014, and best wishes for a fun and productive summer to the rest of our Hawkeyes!


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, reflects on the meaning and significance of loyalty. Link to message.

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

Reminder: I-80 exit closure to disrupt UI-bound traffic

Headed to Iowa City for commencement ceremonies and/or to move your student out of the residence halls? Take note of ongoing construction at exit 244 on Interstate 80 and plan alternate routes. More information is available in Iowa Now.

Wanna do a good deed? Help a parent out…

In the summer print edition of Parent Times, we include tips from seasoned parents on best practices for moving students into the residence halls and saying good-bye. It can be hot and sticky, chaotic, and just plain emotional for all involved. How did you survive it? What recommendations do you have for achieving a smooth and relatively painless transition? Drop us a line at (be sure to include your name, your city, and your student's name).

UI to add financial personnel for students

At Iowa, more than 16,000 students received financial aid in 2012-13. To help students sort through financial information, the university plans to add two full-time staff members. For more details, check out this Daily Iowan article.

Career center helps liberal arts and sciences students market their skills

Students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences find the Pomerantz Career Center invaluable in helping them identify and prepare for careers. And the college has the placement rates to prove it. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

New learning track could drive social change across the globe
Between eight and 12 current first-year UI Honors students will be selected to participate in a new track in the Interdepartmental Studies major called Engaged Social Innovation, a three-year program intended to bring to fruition students’ ideas to change communities. Find out more in this Daily Iowan article.

Top student employees honored
Dave Bein, a mechanical engineering major from Silvis, Ill., has been named the State of Iowa student employee of the year, one of seven UI students recognized for exemplary performance in campus jobs. Learn more about the honorees in this Iowa Now article.

New residence hall named
Iowa’s newest residence hall, which is slated to open in fall 2015, has officially been named Mary Peterson Residence Hall. Learn more about Petersen in this Iowa Now article.

Students treated to freebies in honor of spring
Spring is always greeted with welcome arms on campus, but this year’s frigid Midwestern winter made the change in temperatures even more inviting for embraces in Iowa City. See how the Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Life celebrated the season in this Iowa Now photo gallery.

Music, arts 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 plan your visit to town, check out

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