Graduation Commencement Ceremony

2012 Graduation Guest Speaker

Rick Steves

The graduating students chose Rick Steves as this year's guest speaker. We are happy to announce that he has accepted the college's invitation.

Rick Steves is the author of more than 50 European travel guidebooks and host of the popular public television series, “Rick Steves’ Europe.” A syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, as well as a radio and television personality, Steves is a noted advocate for thoughtful travel as a means to expand perspectives and to shape how we address the challenges confronting our world. 

A native of Edmonds, Washington, Steves studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in business administration and European history. Since 1973, he has spent 120 days per year—one third of his adult life—living out of a suitcase in Europe. This experience has shaped his thinking and sparked his commitment to social activism, a topic he reflects on in his most recent book, Travel as a Political Act.

Steves is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet, and is also committed to his own neighborhood. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school. He is an advocate for the homeless, purchasing a 24-unit apartment complex in Lynnwood, Wash., to house homeless mothers and their children. He raises funds for the hunger advocacy group Bread for the World, and has been a generous donor to the Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.