Sioux City, Iowa — Briar Cliff University is pleased to announce its plans to honor the University’s 2018 candidates for undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees.
On Thursday, May 3, Briar Cliff will host an Honors Convocation in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace at 3:30 pm with a reception to follow in the Heelan Hall Atrium from 5 pm to 6 pm.
The University’s department of nursing will honor its graduates during a pinning and hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace.
The department of physical therapy will host a hooding ceremony from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace on Friday, May 11. Briar Cliff’s baccalaureate Mass will also take place on May 11 at 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, located at 10th and Douglas in Sioux City.
The University’s 87th commencement ceremony will begin at 10 am on Saturday, May 12 at the Newman Flanagan Center on Briar Cliff’s campus, located at 3303 Rebecca Street in Sioux City. Additional accommodations for commencement guests will be located in Stark Student Center and the Briar Cliff Theater on campus.
Samuel Sneed, a Malvern, Iowa native, is Briar Cliff’s 2018 valedictorian. A double major in business administration and accounting, Sneed has been working as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in Omaha, Nebraska, since completing his degrees in December. During his time at Briar Cliff, Sneed was involved in the Honors Club, student government, Knights of Columbus, campus ministry and intramural sports. In addition, he served as a Peer Advising Leader and Residential Assistant.
The 2018 salutatorian is Brandy Trucke. A native of Bronson, Iowa, Trucke is a music major, studying voice, oboe, English horn and piano. While at Briar Cliff, Trucke was a member of the Briar Cliff Singers, Bella Voce and Schola Cantorum. Trucke received the music department’s Award for Outstanding and Scholarly Achievement and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholarship Honor Society. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in oboe performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Chosen by a Briar Cliff selection panel, this year’s student commencement speaker is Jamie Jacobsen. A social work and English major and native of Omaha, Nebraska, Jacobsen plans to work as a social worker in Sioux City next year before starting an advanced placement master of social work program at Boston College in 2019.
While at Briar Cliff, Jacobsen ran cross country and track, serving as co-captain of the track team in the spring of 2018. She has also worked as a copy editor of The Briar Cliff Review, most recently serving as an Assistant Editor. She is an Academic Peer Mentor and been involved in various campus ministry activities. Jacobsen serves on the Student Athletic Leadership Committee and Franciscan Awareness Team and is a member of the Honors Program and honor societies including Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Phi Alpha Honor Society Chi Epsilon Chapter.
Jacobsen’s speech will highlight what makes Briar Cliff’s small campus a very special place.
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