The University of Iowa welcomes the Class of 2021 with Convocation, where our newest Hawkeyes commit to the ideals of The IOWA Challenge to: excel, stretch, engage, choose, and serve.

Convocation brings our community together in a special way and at a special place—before the Old Capitol in the heart of our campus. The event begins with the ringing of the Old Capitol bell and a procession of faculty and staff in full academic regalia.

Convocation symbolizes our commitment to you, our students, and your commitment to us and to each other—to live and learn together.

Convocation speakers

President Bruce Harreld: Bruce Harreld became the 21st president of the University of Iowa on November 2, 2015. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. President Harreld served on the faculty of Harvard Business School from 2008-2014, with dual appointments to the entrepreneurial and strategy units. He was faculty chair of the Building New Businesses in Established Organizations program. As a faculty member, he taught in numerous executive programs in Cambridge, Qatar, Mumbai, and Shanghai. He also has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, developing the first-ever MBA course on Strategic Use of Information Technology.

Interim Provost Sue Curry: Sue Curry, dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, now serves as interim provost. Dr. Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in behavioral science and translation of research findings into health policy. Her extensive research in chronic disease prevention and management includes studies of tobacco cessation, dietary change, modification of risky drinking patterns, and methods of increasing compliance with recommended cancer screening. Dr. Curry’s research also encompasses studies of the use and cost effectiveness of prevention treatments under different health insurance plans and health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation.

Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers: Melissa Shivers joined the Hawkeye community on June 30, 2017. Previously, she was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life and the Dean of Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As vice president, he oversees units that foster student success through educationally purposeful programs within and beyond the classroom. Shivers' educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University, a Master’s in Education from Clemson University, and a Ph.D from the University of Georgia.

Associate Provost Lon Moeller: Lon Moeller is the associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of University College. Prior to July 2014, Lon served as associate dean for the Undergraduate Program in the Tippie College of Business.  Lon earned his B.B.A., M.A., and J.D. from The University of Iowa. He is a full clinical professor in the Department of Management and Organizations and has also served as University Ombudsperson and as Co-Director for the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. Lon oversees many areas of undergraduate education including academic advising, new student orientation, academic support, retention, and the Pomerantz Career Center.