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Drake commencement ceremonies take place this weekend

May 11, 2012

Drake University will host a number of commencement ceremonies May 12 and 13. All ceremonies are open to the public.

  • Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony: May 12, 4 p.m., Knapp Center
  • Drake Law School Commencement: May 12, 7p.m., Knapp Center; doors open at 6 p.m.
  • The 132nd Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Degree Recipients: May 13, 10 a.m., Knapp Center
  •  The 132nd Commencement Ceremony for Graduate and Doctoral Degree Recipients: May 13, 2 p.m., Knapp Center

Larry Zimpleman, president and CEO of The Principal Financial Group, will speak at the graduate commencement at 2 p.m. on May 13. Zimpleman, a long-time supporter of Drake, received both his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University. He will become chair of the Drake University Board of Trustees on June 1.

Wanda Everage, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence, will speak at the undergraduate commencement and 10 a.m. on May 13. She is retiring from Drake after 24 years of exceptional service. She is also a Drake graduate, earning her B.A. in 1972.