Iowa State University commencement set for Dec. 18

AMES, Iowa - An estimated 1,689 students will receive degrees from Iowa State University during winter commencement Saturday, Dec. 18.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be presented in one combined ceremony, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. An estimated 1,319 bachelor's, 256 master's and 114 Ph.D. students will complete their degrees.

ISU alumnus Richard (Ric) Jurgens, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Hy-Vee Inc., will address the graduates.

Jurgens joined Hy-Vee after earning a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from ISU in 1971. While at Hy-Vee, he has served as a store manager, district manager, regional manager, senior vice president, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and president before assuming his current position.

Jurgens serves as chairman of the Food Marketing Institute and is a member of the board of directors for Topco Associates LLC, as well as its past chairman. He is a member of the Iowa Business Council, the College of Business Dean's Advisory Council and the ISU Foundation Order of the Knoll.

Jurgens is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Iowa Governor's Volunteerism Award, the Citation of Achievement Award, and the Heart Award from Variety the Children's Charity, the Iowa Grocery Retailer of the Year Award for 2009 and the John D. DeVries Service Award from the College of Business.

Tickets are not required for the graduation ceremony.

Following commencement, all graduates, their families and friends are invited to a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave. Refreshments will be provided. Simon Estes, Iowa State's F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence and internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, will be signing copies of his new CD, "Save the Children, Save Their Lives."

ISU's colleges will honor their graduating students during their own ceremonies and receptions. A complete list of commencement events is online at