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Iowa State University

AMES – Graduating Iowa State University (ISU) students seeking teacher licensure were corded at a ceremony Friday, May 10, in C.Y. Stephen’s Auditorium. As part of the celebration, each student received honors cords that were placed around their shoulders by the influential mentor of their choice.

The following graduates were corded at the ceremony and will begin their careers as educators.

• Sydney Barker, an apparel, merchandising, and design major from Lenox is now prepared to teach general education and special education for students from birth through grade 3.

• Caleb Lange, an elementary education major from Lenox is now prepared to teach children in elementary classrooms.

• Mason Peterson, a history major from Lenox is now prepared to teach history.

Iowa State’s cording ceremony celebrates the official entry of graduating students into the impactful and challenging teaching profession.

Iowa State graduates are prominent among area educators. They teach and lead children, youth and adults from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond at schools and colleges located in all 99 Iowa counties.

Teacher education students at ISU learn the latest and most effective techniques for ensuring their future students and schools will become their best. They are prepared for the diverse and demanding school environments by professors who research and continually improve effective educational practices and technologies.

Students in the ISU College of Human Sciences prepare to work in fields that impact the health, well-being and education of individuals throughout the lifespan to advance families, schools and communities. Scholars and practitioners in these fields work together to expand human potential and improve people’s lives.

The college encompasses academic units that include the School of Education and four departments, including apparel, events and hospitality management; food science and human nutrition; human development and family studies; and kinesiology and health. In partnership with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, these units provide outreach to improve the daily lives of Iowans and others around the world.

ISU is one of the nation’s most student-centered public research universities and is recognized among the top 50 public universities in the nation by U.S.News and World Report. With hundreds of student clubs and organizations, thousands of internship and co-op opportunities and more than 80 learning communities, the university offers a student experience rich in academic and social diversity. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries choose to come to Ames to study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills.

At ISU, students will find 100 majors, 800 clubs, and one amazing adventure. Learn more at

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