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Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning / MA 2005 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and present the Iowa State University undergraduate commencement address Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hilton Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.; it is open to the public and will be livestreamed online. Gates is a world-renowned artist and innovator in urban revitalization and planning who has been recognized with the 2018 Nasher Prize for Sculpture, 2017 Legion d’Honneur, 2016 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016, among many other honors.



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