Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

December 16, 2016

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is graduating from Iowa State University Saturday, her office said this morning.

Reynolds will be receiving her bachelor of liberal studies degree with three concentrations in political science, business management and communications. She’ll join other graduates receiving degrees in Ames.

Reynolds, 57, will participate in the ceremony that begins at 1:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.

With President-elect Donald J. Trump’s appointment of GOP Gov. Terry Branstad to be ambassador to China, and little in the way of congressional backlash expected, Reynolds, a Republican, is positioned to become the first female governor of Iowa after Branstad’s foreign-service confirmation sometime in 2017. She has served as lieutenant governor since 2011.

According to the Northwest Missouri State registrar’s office, Reynolds was a student there from the fall of 1977 to 1980. She took classes in business, consumer sciences and clothing sales and design, but did not earn a degree. The registrar’s office said Reynolds, between 1992 and 1995, picked up some accounting classes later at Creston-based Southwestern Community College, according to officials at that school. West Burlington-based Southeastern Community College confirms Reynolds attendance there, too.

ISU is streaming the graduation ceremony at