Some 4,300 UI students spent a May weekend saying farewell to classwork, studying, and treks across campus.

The University of Iowa honored spring 2018 graduates during a series of commencement ceremonies May 10–13.

Fall undergraduate degree applicants included 3,300 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, University College, and the College of Engineering.

Professional and graduate students included more than 1,000 degree applicants from the Graduate College, the College of Law, the College of Nursing, University College, the Carver College of Medicine, and the Tippie College of Business.

Many celebratory moments were captured during the ceremonies—see the gallery below.

May graduates received degrees in everything from accounting to engineering, chemistry, medicine, nursing, and teaching. The largest group of graduates, from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University College, were joined May 12 by the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Musical Arts, world-renowned soprano Michèle Crider.

Below, University of Iowa graduates reflect on their experience as Hawkeyes, expressing the value of their time on the UI campus and voicing their appreciation for everyone who has supported them along the way. Additionally, a number of graduates shared messages of gratitude and inspiration on their caps—you can watch a short (ahem) recap on the University of Iowa YouTube page.

Produced by the UI Office of Strategic Communication.
Tim Schoon and Justin Torner
Clarity Guerra