2017 Theme and Donation Organization

The graduating class selects their class theme and an organization to receive the class donation.

2017 Class Theme

The class theme is reflected in the graduation program. Designers may use it in their t-shirt design submissions and commencement speakers may use it to guide their speeches. The 2017 class theme is:

2017 Class Donation

Funds raised through the sales of the graduation T-shirts and announcements will be donated to an on- or off-campus organization. The 2017 class donation recipient is:

Stand with Standing Rock

The 2017 graduating class chose to donate their class gift to Stand with Standing Rock, a grassroots movement that began in early 2016 in reaction to the approved Dakota Access Pipeline. The movement evolved into the establishment of the historic Oceti Sakowin camp, which had been home to thousands of indigenous and environmental activists.  In honor of our future generations, the movement continues the fight for social and environmental justice gaining national and international recognition.

“What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time.”
Winona LaDuke