University of Dubuque to Hold Commencement Ceremonies
Dec 2, 2019 | University Relations staff
DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque will hold a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Commencement Ceremony and a December Commencement Ceremony this month.
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. There are 23 graduates this year.
Daniel Lee (MSPAS’18), MSPAS, PA-C, will deliver the commencement address, titled “It’s All About Perspective.” He is a physician assistant in orthopedic surgery at OrthoNeuro in Westerville, Ohio. Lee received his bachelor of science in biology from The Ohio State University. He was part of the inaugural cohort of students in UD’s master of science in physician assistant program. Lee was the first recipient of the UD Spirit of the PA Profession Award.
The December Commencement Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. Over 150 students are eligible to participate in the ceremony, including 117 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students.
Adam Hoffman, professor of environmental chemistry, will deliver the commencement address, titled “______ Knows Best.” Hoffman has served UD in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences for 11 years. He teaches a range of introductory and applied chemistry and environmental science classes. Hoffman received his doctorate in environmental chemistry and technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor of science in biology from the University of Minnesota-Morris.
The oldest son of two educators, Hoffman grew up in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, which is a small farming community. His time spent among the farm fields, streams, lakes, and forests of Minnesota stamped an enduring impression on Hoffman concerning the importance of the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment. His research interests center around investigating environmental problems while promoting good stewardship of natural resources. In 2016-2017, the American Swedish Institute awarded Hoffman a Malmberg Fellowship to work on a lake restoration project in Växjö, Sweden.
In 2016, Hoffman was inducted into UD’s Faculty Hall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching and Advising. He advises Web of Life, an environmental awareness and action student organization, and has held a plethora of leadership roles on campus including advisory board member of the Wendt Character Center, Dorothy Taylor Chair in Chemistry, and director of the John and Alice Butler Summer Research Fellowship and Joseph and Linda Chlapaty Summer Fellowship programs.