AMES — More than 1,800 graduates received degrees from Iowa State University in December. Graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies were held Dec. 17-18 at Hilton Coliseum.

Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management and associate director of Iowa State's Bioeconomy Institute, spoke at the graduate ceremony. Alumna Cara Heiden, retired co-president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines, gave the undergraduate address.

During the undergraduate ceremony, university leaders will award an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Herbert Allen (Al) Myers, founder and president of Ames-based Ag Leader, for his achievements as an agricultural engineer, inventor, innovator, entrepreneur and global pioneer in precision agriculture.

Area graduates included Colby Deraad, of Knoxville, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Megan Moore, of Knoxville, Bachelor of Science, Agronomy; Jacob Sherburne, of New Sharon, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology; Keaton Brenizer, of Pella, Bachelor of Science, Event Management; Madelyn Canfield, of Pella, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Health; Rebecca Dux, of Pella, Bachelor of Science, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, Magna Cum Laude; and Sarah Sarver, of Pella, Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude.

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