Sioux City, IA - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will be recognized by Briar Cliff University for her distinguished public service during the University’s 87th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018 on Briar Cliff’s campus.
The Briar Cliff Board of Trustees selected Reynolds as the recipient of the University’s Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa based on the Governor’s distinguished public service and remarkable contributions to the State of Iowa. Following conferment of the award, Reynolds will deliver the keynote address to Briar Cliff graduates.
“As an institution of higher education originally founded by women for women, it is very fitting for Briar Cliff to honor Iowa’s first female governor for her contributions to the state,” says Rachelle Karstens, Interim President of Briar Cliff University. “Governor Reynolds’ commitment to education is evident in the impact she has made during her career in public service at all levels of education.”
Most recently, Iowa was recognized among the best states for higher education based on the state’s graduation rates, tuition rates and overall quality of education. At the K-12 level, Iowa leads the nation in high school graduation rates and ranks among the top five states for educational funding, achievements earned under Reynold’s leadership.
Briar Cliff University was founded in 1930 by 12 women with a vision to establish a Catholic college for women. Four days after the school’s dedication, 25 women started classes in Heelan Hall, then the only building on campus. Eighty-eight years later, Briar Cliff has educated nearly 9,000 alumni including 5,850 women with successful careers in such fields as executive leadership, STEMM, education, nursing and social work.
Approximately 350 students will receive their degrees from Briar Cliff during this May’s commencement ceremony including the inaugural class of Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates.