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Dec. 22, 2003

Local Student Among Top Graduates In UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored the College's top December graduates at the semi-annual Commencement Honors Reception Friday, December 19, in the Iowa Memorial Union. The reception honored students who earned distinction, high distinction, highest distinction or honors in a particular department.

To graduate with honors, students must complete the honors requirements for their major, including an honors thesis supervised by a faculty advisor. Students graduating with honors wear white cordons draped over their shoulders at the commencement ceremony, which was held Saturday, Dec. 20 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Earning highest distinction, high distinction or distinction depends on the student's class rank. Students in the top 2 percent of the class (for December 2003 graduates this includes those with grade-point averages of 4.00) earn highest distinction. Students in the next highest 3 percent (for December 2003, 3.88-3.99 GPA) earn high distinction. Students in the next highest 5 percent (for December 2003, 3.74-3.87 GPA) earn distinction. To graduate with distinction students must also have completed the final 60 semester hours in residence in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and at least 45 of the final 60 semester hours must have been completed prior to the final semester of registration. These students are identified at commencement by stars worn on the left sleeve: three stars for highest distinction, two stars for high distinction, and one star for distinction.

Below are photos of some of the college's top graduates, listed alphabetically according to hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first. Click on each photo for a high resolution (300dpi) version.

Iowa

ALLISON

Jessi Wubbena, a 2000 graduate of Allison-Bristow High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in speech and hearing sciences and a deaf studies certificate. She is the daughter of Beryl and Shirley Wubbena of Alllison.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jessi Wubbena, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
BETTENDORF

Matt Johnson, a 2000 graduate of Bettendorf High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. He earned a degree in philosophy and mathematics. He is the son of Sue and Curt Johnson of Bettendorf.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Matt Johnson, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
CAMANCHE

Sara Strain, a 2000 graduate of Camanche High School, graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in political science and journalism with a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of Kevin and Betty Strain of Camanche.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Sara Strain, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

CORALVILLE

See CRESCO
CRESCO

Josh Berka, a 1999 graduate of Crestwood High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. He earned a degree in journalism and mass communication and health and sport studies. He is the son of Donald Berka of Cresco and Valerie Berka of Coralville.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Josh Berka, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Patricia Cain, University of Iowa Interim Provost.
IOWA CITY
Samuel S. Grummons of Iowa City, a 1999 graduate of Sumner High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. He earned a degree in music and philosophy and was a member of the ROTC. He is the son of Milo Grummons of Warrenville, Ill., and Christie Grummons of Waverly.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Samuel S. Grummons, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Linda Maxson, Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
IOWA CITY

Karen Karr, a 2000 graduate of Regina High School, graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in communication studies and journalism and mass communication along with a certificate in entrepreneurship. She is the daughter of George and Marian Karr of Iowa City.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Karen Karr, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

MUSCATINE

Elizabeth Dierickx, a 1999 graduate of Muscatine High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in chemistry and biochemistry. She is the daughter of Barbara and Stephen Dierickx of Muscatine.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Elizabeth Dierickx, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
MUSCATINE

Allison Thomas, a 1999 graduate of Muscatine High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in English. She is the daughter of Bill and Carol Thomas of Muscatine.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Allison Thomas, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
SOLON

Kimberly Bell, a 1999 graduate of Solon High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in exercise science. She is the daughter of Michael and Ann Bell of Solon.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Kimberly Bell, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Linda Maxson, Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
URBANDALE

Abigail Stork, a 1999 Dowling Catholic High School, graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in literature, science and the arts. She is the daughter of Frank and Susan Stork of Urbandale.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Abigail Stork, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
WAVERLY See Iowa City--GRUMMONS
Illinois
JOLIET

Jacqueline Lorenc, a 2000 graduate of Joliet West High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Dec. 20. She earned a degree in political science with a minor in dance. She is the daughter of Richard and Meg Lorenc of Joliet.
Left to right: Raul Curto, Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jacqueline Lorenc, December 2003 graduate, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Patricia Cain, University of Iowa Interim Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu.