About the Celebration

About the Celebration

The Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence is so excited to celebrate students graduating in the 2021-2022 year. As a graduate, we would like to say CONGRATULATIONS on all that you have accomplished. As a guest, we want to express our appreciation for the role you've played in their lives. We're a community and no one can navigate this world alone - thank you.

We happily invite you to the 32nd Annual Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence Graduation Celebration - a special evening of entertainment and celebration. This will be an in-person event hosted in the IMU Main Lounge 180. Join us dressed in whatever makes you feel your best!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Doors 4:15 p.m.

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. CDT

*From 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., you will be able to take pictures and continue on with the celebration of the graduates.*

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Scarlett Davis in advance by email at scarlet-davis@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-3555.

Attendance Registration

The CIAE is inviting graduates from Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 to the celebration. In order to properly plan for the graduation, we ask that graduates, faculty, staff, and other guests register before April 20th, 2022.

The Distinguished Educator Award

Distinguished Educator Award

The student nominated  Distinguished Educator Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has exemplified excellence in cultural diversity over the past year. This award is named in honor of Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, previous Assistant Provost and Director of Opportunity at Iowa. Her commitment, dedication, and desire to assist and promote diversity throughout the University of Iowa were the foundation for creating such an award.

If you are graduating this year, you or your student organization are invited to nominate a UI faculty or staff member who has been dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

The deadline for nomination is Friday, March 18, at 5 p.m. CST. 

Distinguished Educator Award Nominations

The Student Leadership Award


The Student Leadership award recognizes individuals who have made meaningful and significant contributions to the University of Iowa or surrounding communities through their vision and action; their sense of responsibility, devotion, and diligence; and through their inspiration, good judgment, and will. Students receive a certificate designating them as a Student Leadership Award recipient.

The deadline for nomination is Friday, April 1, at 5 p.m. CST.


Student Leadership Award

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