Congratulations to the Class of 2011
UW Bothell’s 20th Commencement ceremony was a true record-setter. During the ceremony, which was held June 12 in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, an unprecedented 1,200 baccalaureate and master’s degrees were awarded, and 63 students were recognized for receiving their Washington State teaching certificates. UW Bothell awarded its first B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Master of Education with a Principal’s Credential, and Leadership MBA degrees.
Keynote Speaker Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks, eloquently counseled the graduates to never lose their freshman-like sense of wonder and inquisitiveness. Donald regaled the gathered graduates, families and friends with personal examples from his own career as a hands-on business leader. As is tradition, the outgoing ASUWB President delivered the student address. In her speech, Amira Davis acknowledged the faculty, and urged her classmates to stridently follow their passions while committing themselves to the public good.
During the ceremony, a number of students, faculty and alumni were honored for exemplary performance, including: Chancellor’s Medalist, Sean Alley; President’s Medalist, Heather Griffin; UW Bothell Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Abigail Echo-Hawk; and P.V. (Sundar) Balakrishnan, Distinguished Teaching Award.
Recent graduates are encouraged to keep their inner Huskies well-fed by joining the UW Alumni Association. Learn more at uwb.edu/ alumni/newgrads. Alumni are invited to send news and career updates to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in future issues of Insight.