Insight: Autumn 2007

Autumn 2007

Commencement 2007

Class of 2007 joins family of over 7,200 UW Bothell Grads


On Sunday June 10th, 745 graduates joined the UW Bothell alumni family -- part of a community network of over 310,000 living Husky grads.

Of the Class of 2007, the most senior member was 62 and the youngest was 19.  Baccalaureate degrees were conferred to 579 students, and 109 Master's degrees were conferred.  Fifty-seven students earned their Washington state residency certificates in education.  While most graduates were local to the North King/South Snohomish County region, the class also featured students from Japan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Nigeria and India.

Congrats to the Class of 2007!

Among those acknowledged for their superlative achievements:


Student Commencement Speaker - Jason Jones (IAS '07)

This student is chosen by the UW Bothell faculty from nominees submitted by students, staff and faculty as an exemplar of scholarly achievement and demonstrated commitment to the campus community. 

Jason graduated magna cum laude with an IAS degree in American History and a Minor in Education. He is currently enrolled in the Teacher Certification Program and anticipates beginning as a full-time classroom teacher in the fall of 2009. While a student at UW Bothell, Jason found time to volunteer in multiple elementary school classrooms, and worked with the elderly at a local group home. His ultimate goal is to one day move to Nicaragua and teach local children in rural schools.


President's Medal - Tyler Alexander Pratt (IAS '07)

The President's Medal recognizes the graduating senior with not only the most distinguished academic record at the University of Washington Bothell, but one who has demonstrated academic achievements and success. 

Tyler earned his IAS degree in Global Studies and graduated with a 3.98 grade point average. His interest in global studies was heightened through his coursework and a study abroad opportunity in Durban, South Africa where he gained knowledge about the interaction of race and class in post-apartheid South Africa. Eventually Tyler would like to attend graduate school and research the prevalence of neo-liberal economic ideology among economically disempowered South Africans.


Chancellor's Medal - Jayne Collins (Business '07)

This award acknowledges a member of the graduating class for his or her extraordinary commitment to learning during their time on campus and who has been a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and fellow students.

Jayne earned her Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management. Shortly after beginning her studies in 2005, Jayne was diagnosed with breast cancer and left school to endure chemotherapy and surgery. Upon her return in 2006, Jayne was ready to resume her full-time schedule, but regaining her health was a priority so she reduced her workload for a few quarters for ongoing treatment. Jayne is the first in her family to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a 3.73 GPA.