This year’s Iowa graduates show how higher ed is changing

Iowa’s colleges and universities are getting more creative, open-minded, and flexible in how, when and who they educate—a response to student demands and workforce needs—with the evolution perhaps most evident in the growing diversity of their graduates.

All three of Iowa’s public universities are holding commencement ceremonies this week into the weekend — along with other private and community colleges in Iowa. Kirkwood Community College is celebrating 1,600 students who completed their programs this academic year at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cedar Rapids.

Although many students still follow traditional paths — jumping right into college after high school and finishing in four years — more are carving out the higher education experience that best suits their interests, curricular needs, career aspirations and personal demands.

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