• Hollis Monroe, announcer
  • Gregory Geoffroy, President Emeritus, Iowa State


  • Michael Richards, President of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa
  • Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State


  • Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa
  • Julian Neely, President of the Student Government
  • Norin Yasin Chaudhry, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate
  • Peter Martin, President of the Faculty Senate
  • Stacy Renfro, President of the Professional and Scientific Council
  • Jean McMaken, President of AFSCME Local 96
  • Lawrence Cunningham, Chair, ISU alumni association board of directors


  • Simon Estes, bass-baritone and F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence in the department of music
  • ISU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael Golemo
  • Iowa State Singers, conducted by James Rodde and accompanied by Michael Banwarth


  • Robert Wallace, Chief Marshal, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology 
  • Claire Andreasen, professor of veterinary pathology and Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Professor in One Health  
  • Lee Burras, professor of agronomy 
  • John Cunnally, professor of art and visual culture 
  • Frederick Dark, associate professor of finance and Dean’s Professor in Finance 
  • Veronica Dark, professor emeritus of psychology 
  • Tim Derrick, professor of kinesiology 
  • Constance Hargrave, associate professor of learning technologies 
  • Frank Peters, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems and C. G. "Turk" and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professor 
  • Janette Thompson, professor of natural resource ecology and management and Morrill Professor 


    The Joint Service Color Guard, comprising student representatives of each of the Armed Services, will post the colors.

    Ceremony officials

    Gregory Geoffroy, President Emeritus

    Gregory Geoffroy

    Geoffroy’s career spanned his academic interests as an acclaimed researcher in organometallic chemistry and a campus administrator at three prestigious public universities. He completed his academic studies in chemistry with his B.S. from the University of Louisville and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. In 1991, he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

    Geoffroy began his professional career as a professor of chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University. He published more than 200 research articles in refereed journals and is co-author of the book Organometallic Photochemistry. Along the way, he turned his talents to university administration, first as the head of the Department of Chemistry and then as the dean of the Eberly College of Science (1989-97). Geoffroy was then hired by the University of Maryland as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost (1997-2001). 

    Geoffroy began his tenure as Iowa State University’s 14th president on July 1, 2001. In his inaugural address, he outlined three priorities: to recruit and retain top faculty, provide students with an outstanding living/learning environment, and engage the people of the state of Iowa. As president, he never wavered from these goals.

    Geoffroy led two ambitious and successful campus strategic plans with goals that Iowa State would be the best at advancing its land-grant ideals and in putting science and technology to work. Iowa State received record amounts in external grants and funding and welcomed the largest student enrollments up until that time. He doubled the number of endowed faculty positions on campus to 150, and he strongly supported research efforts into biorenewable energy as shown by the establishment of the Bioeconomy Institute and the BioCentury Research Farm. 

    Despite difficult ebbs and flows of state funding, Iowa State surpassed several fundraising milestones, including the completion of Campaign Iowa State, with its $800 million fundraising goal, and increased sponsored funding with record-breaking years (including a record $388.2 million in FY11). 

    Major buildings completed under Geoffroy’s administration included the Gerdin Business Building, Hoover Hall, Hach Hall, Biorenewables Research Laboratory, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Hixon-Lied Student Success Center, and the Alumni Center. Numerous other buildings underwent major renovations, including the College of Design, Memorial Union and Coover Hall. His decision to completely restore Morrill Hall would symbolize ISU’s land-grant heritage for generations to come. 

    Gregory Geoffroy stepped down from the presidency in January 2012 with wide admiration from all quarters. Since then, he has continued his professional contributions through service on a number of corporate, academic, and nonprofit boards of directors, including serving as chair of the board of trustees of Ashford University. 

    Michael Richards, State Board of Regents

    Michael Richards

    Richards of West Des Moines is the 22nd president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. He was appointed president on May 1, 2017, and re-elected on April 12, 2018. Richards was first appointed to the Board of Regents on May 6, 2016, by Gov. Terry Branstad to fill the unexpired term of Mary Andringa, and his term expires April 30, 2021. 

    Richards earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1970 and his M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1974. After graduation, he was in practice for more than 20 years. He served as president of Healthcare Preferred and the Iowa Health Physicians Medical Foundation. 

    Richards was chief medical officer at Iowa Health System (now UnityPoint Health) and later was Chairman of MEDTEC, a medical services and equipment company. Until its sale in 2017, he served as vice chairman and managing partner of Quatro Composites in Orange City, Iowa, which specialized in manufacturing carbon composite equipment for the aerospace and medical industries. 

    Richards has served as president of the Dowling Foundation, and more recently served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Minnesota Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.


    Simon Estes

    Simon Estes

    Estes is an internationally acclaimed bass-baritone who has performed in the world’s major opera houses and in special performances for U.S. presidents and international dignitaries such as Boris Yeltsin, Yassar Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Since 2000, he has been a faculty member at Iowa State University, serving as the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artistin-Residence with the Department of Music and Theatre, sharing his incredible talents and musical knowledge with students and at numerous activities and events.

    Estes rose from humble beginnings in Centerville, Iowa, the son of a coal miner and grandson of a slave, to become one of the world’s most accomplished opera singers, paving the way for other African Americans in the classical world. He transferred from Centerville Junior College to the University of Iowa in 1957 and was there until he was accepted in the Juilliard School of Music in 1963. Estes has honorary doctorates from numerous colleges and universities, including one from Iowa State.

    In 1965, Estes made his operatic debut in "Aida" at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin. Among his more than 100 lead operatic roles have been the title role in "The Flying Dutchman" at Bayreuth as the first male African-American to sing a major role on stage there; the role of Porgy in the Metropolitan Opera’s first production of Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess;" and the role of Amonasro in "Aida" with Leontyne Price as Aida in her farewell performance at the Met.

    Estes is internationally known for his humanitarian efforts for children. He established the Simon Estes Educational Foundation, which has awarded more than $3 million dollars in merit-based college scholarships, and the Simon Estes International Foundation for Children, which provides support for children’s health and educational needs. In 2006, he led a group of six Iowa State music faculty members to South Africa to bring music instruction to the students of the Estes school in the Cape Town area. He has performed numerous benefit concerts to help combat HIV/AIDS and eliminate malaria in Africa. Estes taught at the Juilliard School of Music, Harvard University, Boston University, and currently is a professor at Iowa State and Wartburg College. Among his many awards are the Distinguished Iowa Citizen Award, the Iowan Award, and the prestigious Iowa State Alumni Award.

    Michael Golemo

    Michael Golemo

    Golemo, professor of music and director of bands, is conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He teaches courses in music education and conducting, and oversees a program of 11 bands. Golemo came to Iowa State in 1999 after serving as assistant director of bands at the University of Akron. He received a bachelor's of music education and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, and his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State University. 

    With more than 400 instrumental arrangements, transcriptions and compositions to his credit, Golemo's works have been performed by a variety of performers and ensembles, from Carnegie Hall to Russia, including Louie Bellson, Wynton Marsalis, Anita Baker, Simon Estes and the Des Moines Symphony. His musical passion extends to arranging music for high school and college marching bands and he often writes for the Iowa State University "Cyclone" Marching Band. He also conducts the Ames Municipal Band. 

    Golemo received the ISU Alumni Association's Superior Service to Alumni Award and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity's Distinguished Service to Music Medal. He is a past president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Big 12 Band Directors Association, is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, and a past National President for Kappa Kappa Psi. 

    ISU Wind Ensemble

    The ISU Wind Ensemble features more than 60 of the finest student wind, brass and percussion players on campus. Its repertory includes challenging music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, from small chamber groups to the full ensemble. The ensemble regularly commissions and premieres compositions and has performed with some of the world’s finest soloists. In addition to on-campus performances, the ensemble has performed numerous times at the Iowa Bandmasters Association convention and during performing tours in Europe. 

    Iowa State Singers

    The Iowa State Singers is Iowa State’s most select student choral ensemble. Music of all styles is performed with an emphasis on a cappella compositions. Performances include numerous on-campus performances such as the Holiday Choral Concert and the Masterworks Concert with orchestra. The singers annually stage a full-scale Madrigal Dinner and tour each year. The group has been honored with invitations to perform at the national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (2005, 2009) and the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2008, 2011). In 2013, the Singers were the winners of The American Prize, College/University Chorus Division.


    Hollis Monroe, Announcer

    Monroe is an award-winning radio producer, opera and jazz singer, and Shakespearean. He served as a classical music host, and executive producer and reader for WOI Public radio’s "The Book Club" for many years and is an active voice actor, emcee and singer. He is currently midday jazz host for public radio station Jazz 88.3 KCCK. He is also known as the voice of Iowa State University commencement ceremonies, where he has read the names of thousands of degree candidates.

    Kim Reynolds, Gov. of Iowa

    Iowa Gov. Kim ReynoldsReynolds is the 43rd Governor of the State of Iowa. On May 24, 2017, she succeeded Terry Branstad, who resigned to take the position of U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds previously served as lieutenant governor of Iowa from 2011 to 2017 and, among her duties, co-chaired the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress Board, and the Military Children Education Coalition. She was elected chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association in July 2015. Reynolds served in the Iowa State Senate from the 48th district from 2009 to 2011. In 2016, she earned a B.A. in liberal studies from Iowa State University. 

    Julian Neely, Student Government

    Neely is the student body president and a senior in journalism and mass communications from Johnston, Iowa. He serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is active in the Academic Program for Excellence (an academic summer program administered by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs), the Black Student Alliance, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Neely was part of the 2017 ISU cohort of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a national initiative with the goal of increasing the attainment of Ph.D. degrees earned by under-represented, first-generation, and/or low-income undergraduate students. 

    Norin Yasin Chaudhry, Graduate and Professional Student Senate

    Chaudhry is president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and treasurer of the Pakistan Student Association. She grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and completed her B.S. degree in Biology from Lahore University. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from USAID for her master’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Iowa State. Chaudhry's current research is on the characterization of Lysosomal Associated Membrane Protein (LAMP-1) and RibonucleaseT2 enzyme in Drosophila melanogaster, which play a critical role in cellular homeostasis/autophagy. 

    Peter Martin, Faculty Senate

    Martin is president of the Faculty Senate, having served nine years in a variety senate leadership positions. He is a University Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department with 27 years of service, including long involvement in the gerontology interdisciplinary program. Martin has published widely in areas such as longevity; life-span development; life events, stress and coping; and mental health. He holds a Ph.D. in human development from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. degree from Wartburg College. 

    Stacy Renfro, Professional and Scientific Council

    Renfro is president of the Professional and Scientific Council. She is the program manager of the prestigious Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, and has worked at Iowa State for almost seven years on positions that support research and sponsored projects. In 2009, Renfro earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University. 

    Jean McMaken, AFSCME Local 96

    McMaken is the President of AFSCME Local 96 and is a clerk in the accounting office for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, United States Department of Energy. She serves on the University Human Resources Benefits Committee and served on the Campus Climate Survey Committee. She is a long-time member of the Iowa State community, just a month short of 28 years. In 1977, McMaken earned a B.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University. 

    Lawrence Cunningham, ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors

    Cunningham is the chair of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is also president and general manager of the Iowa State Daily Media Group, a student-run, professionally managed media company committed to experiential learning for students in media. Cunningham spent 12 years in creative account management and integrated marketing at Learfield Sports, Stamats Communications and the Mittera Group. He was the 2009 James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Awardee, and earned a B.A. in liberal studies from Iowa State in 2002.