OLYMPIA – The Evergreen State College is proud to announce its upcoming commencement celebrations, honoring the hard work and achievements of the Class of 2024.

The main commencement event begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14 on Red Square at the Olympia Campus, rain or shine. All are welcome and no tickets are required.

In addition to the main ceremony on Friday, Evergreen is hosting many graduation celebrations throughout this week to celebrate the class of 2024 including graduate program hooding ceremonies, celebrations for graduating students who are veterans, in the Paths of Study Program, Lavender and Multicultural Advising graduations.

Muckleshoot Tribal Councilmember, Virginia Cross has been named this year’s Public Official of the Year. She will be honored at the Master of Public Administration hooding ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Evergreen’s House of Welcome.

Each year, the MPA program makes this award to leaders in state, local or Tribal governments or those who work in nonprofits. Cross is being honored for exemplifying the program’s motto of, “Be the Change.” For over four decades, Cross’ service in such roles as Councilmember and chairperson of the Muckleshoot Tribe and as the Director of Native Education Programs for the Auburn School district has directly benefitted students, Muckleshoot citizens and the Puget Sound region.

Both Evergreen’s Tacoma campus and Native Pathways Programs will have ceremonies for graduates from those programs on Saturday, June 15.

Because of the higher-than-normal number of visitors to The Evergreen State College for graduation festivities, parking will be free from 4 to 9 p.m. June 11-13 and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14.

Carpooling and use of Intercity Transit is encouraged. Graduates and guests driving to campus are encouraged to park in lots B and C. A shuttle will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take guests from F lot to Red Square and again from 3 to 5 p.m. to return people to their vehicles.

Motorists traveling on Evergreen Parkway near the college can expect closures to inbound traffic from 2 to 4 p.m. to allow for guests departing the commencement ceremony. Expect delays and take alternative routes if possible.

For more information about The Evergreen State College graduation celebrations visit the webpage and to learn more about the college visit www.evergreen.edu.


Dr. Maxine Mimms will be celebrated 4-8 p.m., Saturday, March 4 at The Evergreen State College’s Tacoma Campus. This event doubles as a Founder’s Day event and a birthday celebration for the Evergreen, Tacoma founder. 

Dr. Mimms began teaching at The Evergreen State College in 1972. She started teaching working adults college-level coursework at her kitchen table in the historic Hilltop neighborhood and it was at that table where Evergreen’s Tacoma Campus was born.  

Evergreen-Tacoma became an official campus for The Evergreen State College in 1982 and in 2001 it moved to its current location of 1210 6th Avenue.  

Dr. Mimms developed the Tacoma program with a deliberate mission to provide a college education to working and adult learners – especially those living in the inner city.  

“Dr. Mimms is the essence of community and her vision of transforming the life of the community she lives in is something that should be celebrated not just in collaboration with her birthday, but every day,” said Dr. Dexter Gordon, Executive Vice President for The Evergreen State College. “At 95 years young, she still works tenaciously to remove educational and economic barriers and make college available where and to whom, it historically wasn’t.” 

“Her work has resulted in college degrees for thousands who have walked through the doors of Evergreen, Tacoma,” shared Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga, Dean for Evergreen, Tacoma. “The faculty and staff strive every day to continue her living legacy to the students of Evergreen’s Tacoma campus and the Hilltop community.” 

Attendees at the Founder’s Day celebrations will enjoy music, spoken word and of course, be part of the birthday honors for Dr. Maxine Mimms who is turning 95.  

To learn more about Evergreen’s Tacoma campus, please visit its website.