Evergreen News & Stories
The Evergreen State College bestowed an honorary Master of Public Administration degree upon retiring state Sen. John McCoy during the college’s virtual commencement ceremony on June 12, 2020. Earlier in the day, McCoy was recognized as 2020 Public Official of the Year by the college’s Master of Public Administration program. Additional plans are underway to endow a scholarship in the senator’s name to support future MPA Tribal Governance students.
The Evergreen State College announced it will host two virtual graduation ceremonies, one as planned on June 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and the other June 13 at 10:00 a.m. This decision was made after a call for a statewide general strike and march by Black Lives Matter in Seattle and across the state.
Graduating students were surveyed about postponing the ceremony and the replies were divided.
Forty years ago, Mount St. Helens turned itself inside out, stunning the world with an eruption whose ash would circle the globe. After the violent explosion, the rich, complex ecosystem to the North of the mountain was buried beneath 300 feet of rocky pyroclastic flows. The area now known as the Pumice Plain was transformed into a sterile moonscape after the 1980 eruption. Nothing survived the devastation.
Evergreen students are well-known for pursuing their own paths to their degrees and for their commitment to service. This spring quarter, many students are taking a complete load of credits while holding full-time jobs deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oscar Lira climbs cell towers for a living. A veteran who retired from the Army last year, Lira maintains critical infrastructure needed to operate radios, antennas and communications systems used by first responders and law enforcement.
As kids and teachers learn and work from home during the pandemic, both may have a renewed appreciation for the physical gathering space a classroom provides. Though distance-learning technology makes digital classrooms possible, it also blurs the line between life and school.