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AerE graduates receive surprise visit from Dennis Muilenburg

The students and their parents enjoyed a breakfast in Howe Hall before the reception.

Graduating aerospace engineering students were honored at a reception on Saturday morning. The students enjoyed breakfast with their families and professors before a ceremony in Hoover Hall to recognize the graduates as well as several exceptional honorees.

Dennis Muilenburg (AerE ’86) stopped by before delivering the commencement speech to the rest of the graduating class.

The reception featured a surprise visit from aerospace engineering alum Dennis Muilenburg ’86 who is this year’s commencement speaker. Muilenburg is the President, CEO, and Chairman of the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing. Muilenburg spoke to the graduates 31 years after he sat in the very same seat as a graduating senior from Iowa State. “From one Cyclone to another, congratulations,” Muilenburg said.

In his final Spring Commencement as a professor, Dr. Ambar Mitra addressed the students and greeted the award winners.

Following the reception, the students will join the rest of the graduating class in Jack Trice Stadium for commencement. 

To view more photos from the event, click here.