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EWU Ready for Graduation

Published: May 06, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University is pleased to welcome Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and award-winning author and EWU alumnus Jess Walter as speakers for the 2016 Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, June 11, at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

This year, Eastern has 2,818 undergraduate (bachelor's) and 489 graduate (master's and doctoral) students who are eligible to attend commencement.

A Spokane native and graduate of EWU, Jess Walter ('87 BA Journalism) will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony, which includes students from the College of Social Sciences (formerly named the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work) and the College of Business and Public Administration. A former National Book Award finalist for The Zero and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Citizen Vince, Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published. His 2012 novel Beautiful Ruins spent five weeks as #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Inslee, Washington's 23rd Governor, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony to students from the College of Health Science and Public Health, the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the College of Arts, Letters and Education. Inslee worked his way through college and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University. He and his wife, Trudi, then moved to Selah where he worked as a prosecutor and they raised their three sons before he was elected to 14th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. Inslee continued serving communities in the Yakima Valley when he was elected to Congress in 1992. He and his family then moved to the Puget Sound area, where he was again elected to congress, serving from 1998 until 2012.

The last time Eastern held graduation ceremonies at the Spokane Arena was in 2004 because of renovations to Roos Field. This year's move is in response to feedback from graduates and their families, higher enrollment and weather-related challenges.

The university considered an improved family experience and greater efficiencies that will come with utilizing the arena. It will allow Eastern to provide a consistent, high quality event without the yearly concerns about weather and logistics.

EWU is continuing to hold commencement-related activities, such as the various college honors ceremonies and receptions, on the Cheney campus for students and families the week preceding graduation.

For detailed information on each ceremony, parking and a map of the venue, please visit Eastern's Commencement webpage.


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