38th Annual Evergreen Commencement

May 10, 2009

The 38th annual Evergreen commencement ceremony takes place Friday, June 12 at 1 p.m. on the college’s Red Square.

More than 1,200 students will receive their diplomas before an audience expected to number more than 7,000. The college will award bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, as well as joint BA/BS degrees and masters degrees in teaching, public administration and environmental science.

Live Broadcast

KAOS radio will broadcast the ceremonies live, including the annual keynote address. KAOS will broadcast commencement on Friday June 12th, starting at 1 p.m. at 89.3 fm, KAOS Olympia Community Radio.

The ceremony will be available again this year as a live webcast and in pictures.

View the 2009 Graduation Photo Presentation

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Super Saturday, an event that has traditionally followed on the Saturday after graduation, will not take place this year.

2009 Graduation Speakers

Guest Speaker: David Whyte
A poet, lecturer and corporate consultant, David Whyte’s poetry reflects a living spirituality and a deep connection to the natural world. Whyte studied Marine Zoology in Wales and trained as a naturalist in the Galapagos Islands. Whyte has worked as a naturalist guide, leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in various parts of the world, including treks among the mountains of Nepal. He is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, conducting workshops with many American and international companies. In corporate settings, Whyte uses poetry to bring an understanding of the process of change, helping clients to understand individual and organizational creativity, and to apply that understanding to vitalize and transform the workplace.

Faculty Speaker: Alan Parker
Alan Parker is an Evergreen faculty member and also serves as the Director of Evergreen's Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute. He is a citizen of the Chippewa-Cree Tribal Nation, and grew up on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Northern Montana. He is a former director of the National Indian Policy Center and a former Chief Counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. Also, before coming to Evergreen, Parker was the president of the American Indian National Bank. He was recently appointed to serve as Secretary to the United League of Indigenous Nations. Alan received the Juris Doctorate from the University of California-Los Angeles, and has spent many years practicing law.

Undergraduate Student Speaker: Casi L.A. LaLonde
After losing her job with Weyerhaeuser in 2006, Casi LaLonde attended Grays Harbor Community College to finish her AA degree. She was introduced to Evergreen's Grays Harbor program through the dislocated workers program. LaLonde was admitted to Evergreen's Olympia campus in Fall 2007 to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She plans to continue at Evergreen in the Masters of Public Administration Program. LaLonde is a single mother of one and hopes to work with at-risk juveniles.

Graduate Student Speaker: Amanda Marie Peterson
A transfer student from Tacoma Community College, Amanda Marie Peterson entered Evergreen as an undergraduate student in Fall 2004. Peterson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2007 and continued at Evergreen as a graduate student in the Masters in Teaching program. She served as a student-teacher in Tacoma at Henry Foss High School teaching senior English and Meeker Middle School teaching eighth grade reading, math and algebra. After graduation, Peterson hopes to obtain a job teaching middle school in the Tacoma Public School district.