The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 450 graduating students in a series of events on May 5 and 6.
Dean and Dean’s Chair Laura Dunn Jolly and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation, 2 p.m. Friday, May 5 at Hilton Coliseum. A livestream of the event will be available online. A reception for graduating students at all levels will immediately follow the college convocation, at about 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of the Scheman Building.
The all-university commencement ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Jack Trice Stadium.
Six graduating seniors — Raeann Hanlon in event management and apparel, merchandising, and design; Kaylee Hahn in nutritional science; Hannah Bolen in elementary education; Sara Rodriguez in child, adult, and family services; Britney Williams in kinesiology and health; and David Moore III in kinesiology and health — will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2017 convocation.
Raeann Hanlon of Madrid is representing the College of Human Sciences as the university marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in event management and apparel, merchandising, and design, with an emphasis in merchandising. Her high character and outstanding achievement earned her a Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, plus numerous scholarships and a spot in the President’s Leadership Class. An active member of numerous honor societies and a strong voice for Iowa State, she represented the College of Human Sciences as a student ambassador and a student council member. She also helped lead The Fashion Show. Hanlon is past president of the Kappa Delta sorority and a former delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference. She has volunteered for many youth development and child abuse prevention organizations. After graduation, she plans to pursue an advanced degree in higher education.
Kaylee Hahn of Ames is the college marshal, the highest college honor awarded to a student. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science, focusing on the pre-health professional and research option. A University Honors Program student and multi-semester dean’s list recipient, she aims high — excelling in upper-level courses. Hahn shared discoveries with her peers as a teaching assistant and a laboratory research assistant. In addition to her academics, she served the Greek community and the College of Human Sciences in leadership and outreach roles. Hahn brought her positive outlook to local food pantries during weekly food distribution. She also was a faithful member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center’s medical unit support team. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to pursue a doctorate in nutritional science.
Hannah Bolen of Clinton is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award, conferred to graduating seniors who represent a truly outstanding example of the excellence displayed by College of Human Sciences graduates. Bolen is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and endorsements in reading and special education. A true servant leader, Bolen has given countless hours to mentoring her peers, inspiring young learners, and representing her college and university. A dean’s list recipient every semester, she was a Branstad Scholarship recipient, a President’s Leadership Class adviser, a Salt Company connection group leader, and a member of the Cardinal Key national honor society. She was a 2015 Student Sensation. Bolen plans to teach in a rural school district after graduation.
Sara Rodriguez of Plymouth, Minnesota, is also receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and child, adult, and family services. Rodriguez maintains high academic standards — she was named to the dean’s list every semester — while exhibiting a passion for service and outreach. A caregiver at heart, she worked in the ISU Child Development Laboratory School, and completed an internship at the Emergency Residence Project in Ames. She has also held leadership positions at her church and with an international service group, and spent three summers as a camp counselor and cabin leader. After graduation, she will join Up With People for a year of service.
Britney Williams of West Chicago, Illinois, is the final student receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in the pre-health professions option of kinesiology and health. Williams repeatedly connected her out-of-class work to her major, serving as a physical therapy student assistant, an undergraduate laboratory assistant, and a summer research program peer mentor in biology and pre-calculus. She led Iowa State’s Womyn of Colour Network as president and developed academic programming for the Sigma Lambda Gamma national sorority as vice president. She was a 2016 Student Sensation and is featured in the 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar. Williams plans to attend Des Moines University in the fall to become a physical therapist.
David Moore III of Iowa Falls is the spring 2017 Graduating Student of the Year, an award given by his peers for displaying exemplary leadership ability and overall character. He is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. Dedicated to the success of his peers, Moore served as an undergraduate teaching assistant and an undergraduate research assistant for the departments of biology and chemistry, respectively, and as a tutor at the academic success center. He represented his college as a 2015 Student Sensation, a Human Sciences Student Council member, and an ISU Student Government senator. He also was a member of the Cardinal Key honor society and helped accelerate the Memorial Union’s renovation while serving on its board of trustees.