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2014 Grand View University Commencement and Baccalaureate


Grand View's 2014 Commencement will be held on April 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Hy Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, downtown Des Moines.  This year's speaker is Dr. Brad Buck, director of the Iowa Department of Education.

Buck was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to serve as director of the Iowa Department of Education in 2013. Buck, a longtime educator and school administrator, was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. He is a first-generation college graduate in his family.

Buck began his career in education in 1992 as a middle school science teacher in the Ankeny Community School District. He taught for five years before taking on a number of administrative roles in the Waukee, Hudson, and North Mahaska school districts. Most recently, Buck was superintendent of the Saydel Community School District in Des Moines.

Buck is a former president of School Administrators of Iowa and has held positions on various state-level committees and initiatives. They include Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids, a joint effort by the Iowa Department of Education, the Area Education Agencies, and school districts to support and scale up evidence-based literacy practices across the state.

Buck is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he received a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, and the University of Northern Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology. He lives in Urbandale with his wife, Traci, and their six children.

More information and LIVE STREAMING of Commencement and Baccalaureate can be found HERE.

A full schedule of events can be found HERE.

Graduating seniors will find a complete schedule of all tasks and activities leading to graduation on myView > Academics > Graduation. Information for graduating seniors.