Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is soon to take the governor reins from Terry Branstad as he heads to China for the U.S. ambassadorship, is among a record 2,136 students set to graduate from Iowa State University at the midyear commencement.
Reynolds, who has been open about her goal to finish her education, is to receive a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with concentrations in political science, business management and communications, according to Ben Hammes, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office.
She is to participate in the commencement ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday in ISU’s Hilton Coliseum. Hammes recently told the Washington Post Reynolds completed coursework this month after beginning her schoolwork at Upper Iowa University.
Her efforts have included night courses and online studies, Hammes told the Post.
Reynolds, 57 — at some point in 2017 — is to be promoted to governor, once Branstad heads to China for the ambassadorship. Her rise is to earn Iowa a place among the 27 states that have had female governors.
Reynolds has served as Branstad’s lieutenant governor since 2010. She previously spent two years in the Iowa Senate, where she served on various committees like local government and economic development budgeting.
Before joining the Iowa Senate, Reynolds was Clarke County treasurer for eight years. She and her husband live in Osceola and have three daughters and eight grandchildren.