University of Iowa students receive degrees after 2021 spring semester

Friday, June 18, 2021

This spring, some 5,300 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students received their degrees under extraordinary circumstances. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to upend traditional educational practices across campus and the country, the 2020-21 academic year has been a challenge.

For more than a year, and other Iowa students have made sacrifices to maintain health and safety-taking online courses, wearing face masks, and being mindful of social distance. Through it all, however, Hawkeyes have persisted and excelled. A graduating biomedical engineering student is a 2021 Rhodes Scholar. A biochemistry major was named one of only 17 Churchill scholars in the nation, while two other undergraduates, a math major and a biomedical engineering major, became Goldwater scholars. Area graduates include:

Michaela Kies of Fonda, IA [College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Degree: Bachelor of Science; Area of study: Psychology]

McKenzy Konradi of Storm Lake, IA [College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Area of study: Art]

Melanie Morenz of Newell, IA [College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Area of study: Theatre Arts]

Lala Romero of Storm Lake, IA [College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Area of study: English]

Nailea Valdivia of Storm Lake, IA [College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Area of study: Communication Studies]