IWC Announces Commencement Speaker

Written by on April 29, 2011 in News

Written by Theresa Rose
Friday, 29 April 2011

Elizabeth Garrels, President of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, will present the 2011 Commencement address at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant.

The Commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, on the campus lawn.

Iowa Wesleyan College will award Garrels an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

A native of Osceola, Iowa, Garrels was initiated into Chapter K, P.E.O., in that community. She dimitted to Chapter Original A, Mount Pleasant, where she is a past president. She was a charter member Chapter NZ, Mount Pleasant.

Garrels is a past president of Iowa State Chapter of P.E.O., having served on the state executive board from 1990-1997. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund in 1997. She was elected to the executive board of the International Chapter in 2001, and will complete her two-year term as president in September.

Garrels is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan, earning her degree in history and social studies. She is a member of the Iowa Wesleyan Board of Trustees, past president of the Alumni Association, and currently chairs the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House. She and Rich have been actively involved in fundraising efforts for the College, as well.

Garrels and her husband, Rich, manage family businesses in the area.

Other Commencement weekend activities include:

Friday, May 6

4-5 p.m. – 50-year Class Reception at the home of President and Mrs. Jay Simmons for the Iowa Wesleyan Class of 1961

4-4:30 p.m. – Extended Learning Reception in the Espy/McCurdy Room of the Howe Student Activity Center

5 p.m. – All-Alumni Reception in the Atrium of the Howe Student Activity Center

5:30 p.m. – All-Alumni Banquet and After-Glow Reception in the Student Union Social Hall. The 2011 Alumni Awards will be given.

7:30 p.m. – Nursing pinning ceremony in the Chapel Auditorium. Reception to follow in the International Room of the Chadwick Library.

Saturday, May 7

8:30 a.m. – All-Alumni Reunion Breakfast in the Social Hall

10:30 a.m. – Baccalaureate Service at the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel. Jacqueline Thompson, pastor of the Farmington United Methodist Church and Bonaparte Yoke.

11:30 – 1 p.m. – Graduation Lunch Buffet in the Student Union Dining Hall

1:30 p.m. – Commencement to be held on the campus lawn. Rain location: Ruble Arena of the Howe Student Activity Center.

For more information on Iowa Wesleyan College Commencement activities, contact the Alumni Office at 319.385.6215 or visit the web site at

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