AMES – Seven Pella natives graduated from Iowa State University's largest-ever graduating class of 5,248 during four spring commencement ceremonies on May 9 and May 11.
Iowa State awarded 4,439 undergraduate degrees, 527 master's degrees, 132 doctor of philosophy degrees and 150 veterinary medicine degrees.
The seven graduates were Megan Atkins, Bachelor of Science, Journalism and Mass Communication; Katie Canfield, Bachelor of Science, Biology (AGLS); Joshua Fredrickson, Bachelor of Science, Accounting; Dalton Mulgrew, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology; Jamison Roozeboom, Bachelor of Science, Materials Engineering; Davis Vande Steeg, Bachelor of Arts, Performing Arts; and Bailey Wilson, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Sociology.
Fredrickson graduated Summa Cum Laude, Vande Steeg graduated Magna Cum Laude, and Wilson graduated Cum Laude.
Robert Easter, president emeritus and professor emeritus of animal science at the University of Illinois and Simon Estes, Iowa State's F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, addressed the undergraduates during morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively.
Debra Stewart, a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center and president emerita of the Council of Graduate Schools, delivered the Graduate College commencement address. Iowa State alumnus and veterinary pathologist Vincent Meador spoke at the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ceremony.