AMES — This fall, 2,001 students earned degrees from Iowa State University. The graduates were recognized in a virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continuing a practice started last spring, Iowa State prepared graduation day gift boxes for all graduating students. It included a cardinal-and-gold tassel, musical card from President Wintersteen that plays "Pomp and Circumstance," diploma cover, streamer tube, I-State car window decal, Iowa State lapel pin, honor cords if applicable and a free introductory membership to the alumni association.

Local students graduating included: 

— Taylor Carter, of Knoxville, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering

— Cole Vande Voort, of Leighton, Bachelor of Science in agricultural studies

— Trent Schippers, of Monroe, Bachelor of Science in finance

— Joy Van Wyngarden, of New Sharon, Bachelor of Science in agricultural and life sciences education

— Jacob Baier, of Pella, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering

— Alexander Bragg, of Pella Bachelor of Science in anagement

— Erica Nossaman, of Pella, Bachelor of Science in event management (Summa Cum Laude)

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