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2014 Graduation Set

Published: May 27, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University will welcome two state dignitaries when it holds its 2014 Commencement ceremonies, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at Roos Field, on the Cheney campus. This will be EWU's 122nd commencement.

Lourdes ‘Alfie' Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the morning ceremony, which will be for both graduate and baccalaureate students in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work and in the College of Business and Public Administration.

State Sen. Mark Schoesler, 9th Legislative District, will be the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony, which will be for both graduate and baccalaureate students in the College of Science, Health & Engineering and the College of Arts, Letters & Education.

Alvarado-Ramos was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty, retiring in August 1993 as Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord.

During her military career, she was the recipient of awards and decorations that include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge and Meritorious Service Medals. She is an alumna of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York Regent's Program. She has received local, state and national awards including the Governor's Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the Veterans Affairs Secretary's Leadership Award.

Sen. Schoesler was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 and served for 12 years. During that time, as well as after, he has played an important role in the prominence of Eastern Washington University, providing critical support as we built the Computing and Engineering Building, renovated Hargreaves, Monroe, and Senior Halls, as well as ensured EWU's strong presence at the Riverpoint Campus in Spokane.

He was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2004 and today serves as the Senate Republican Leader in the Majority Coalition Caucus. The senator serves on three Senate committees: Agriculture and Water, Rules, and Ways and Means. He also serves in an appointed position on the Select Committee on Pension Policy.

Sen. Schoesler is a fifth generation dryland wheat farmer in Ritzville, the seat of Adams County, on land that his family has been farming since the 1880s.

This year, Eastern has 2,682 undergraduate (bachelor's) and 598 graduate (master's and doctoral) students who are eligible to attend commencement. Students will begin lining up about a half-hour prior to each ceremony in the central mall area before the procession into Roos Field.

Students and family can learn more about the commencement cremony by visiting this EWU web page.

All university parking lots will be available for free parking on graduation day. Attendees should prepare for heavy traffic and backups, as many people will be coming in from Spokane off Interstate 90.


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