2017 Grand View University Commencement and Baccalaureate

March 8, 2017

Grand View's 2017 Commencement will be held on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Hy Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, downtown Des Moines. This year's commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient is Eugene T. Meyer. He will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

Eugene T. Meyer is President of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,000 business members, The Partnership grows opportunity, creates jobs and promotes Greater Des Moines as the best place to build a business, a career and a future.

Meyer is currently serving his second year as President of the Des Moines Symphony Board of Directors; he also serves as a member on the Drake University National Advisory Committee for the College of Business and Public Administration and as a Member of Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino Board of Directors. Meyer has served on the Board of Directors for West Bank. In 2015, Meyer was selected as Cy’s Favorite Alum by the Iowa State University Athletics Department. In 2014, Meyer was honored as an American Diabetes Association Father of the year. In 2013, the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration awarded him the distinguished Pi Alpha Alpha Outstanding Master of Public Administration Alumni award.

Meyer has extensive professional and political experience in regional strategy development and implementation. He served as Mayor of West Des Moines from 1997 through 2006, and he also served three elected terms on the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education (1988-1997). His professional career spans 37 years with the State of Iowa Department of Public Safety where he retired as Director of the Department of Criminal Investigation in 2006. He returned to the department as Commissioner in 2007 under the appointment of Governor Chet Culver, and served in that role until January of 2011.

Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University, and he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy (Quantico, Virginia).

Gene and Kathy Meyer live in Madison County, Iowa. They have two sons, Matt and Adam, a daughter, Abby and three grandchildren, Nick, Grace and Bella.

More information.

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

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