2019 University of Washington Commencement Ceremony


We
are here to support Reagan gong for international studies in psychology. She is a dual major. We are from California and she is our first
graduate from our family. We are here to support Adrian Chen. She is very excited for the future of what
she’s doing with technology and data to prove communities and help everyone around her. Go Andrea. We are here to support Carly or Vic a neuroscience
major. And we are super proud. We are here to support Justin Fernando. He is getting his doctorate in pharmacy. We are here to support Audrey racks who is
getting her PhD in biology. Congratulations. We are here to support the hot the motor. She is here to get her doctorate in dental
surgery. And incoming Senior here next year. And here is our reporter motel mall. Takeaway Mel. We get to meet Doug here. And we also did to show you with here and
take photos. Here in a few minutes we will have a weather
forecast. Thank you and back to Stacy.>>Parents in the audience, let’s test your
memory dear member where you were on September 27 Parents in the audience, let’s test your
memory dear member where you were on September 27, 2015? If not, we have a clue for you, take a look
at this. If I can ask all of you to stay seated. And all the parents, love ones Nevada stand. Look at them and I want you to look at the
families around you. Join me in showing as much love, love, love
is we can show the group of incoming freshmen and transfer students. Welcome this class. A little out of place. We are counting down to the start . Of the
events here at the University of Washington. This is one of the biggest and grandest. Our next graduate remembers freshman convocation. You just heard the Dean of undergraduate affairs
address the class of 2019 as they entered the University. And now they’re here to send them off. Thank you for joining us. I am glad to be here. It’s a wonderful book and for me. And there’s a moment looking back at the speech
where we were able to welcome our freshman students and transfer students. Hopefully new students from the state of Washington
from high schools across the nation and around the world as well. Particular wanted to address parents and let
them know that we know this is one of the biggest commitments they can make is to send
their kid here. It is a remarkable act of trust to do so. Is the rare privilege of seeing them at the
beginning of the acumen academic career and at the end. Considering what you said four years ago is
there anything that you would like to say? Any other words of wisdom? They know what to do at this point. Our students are set. They’ve been well educated and art charged. They are smart. They know from here to go out and be bold
and smart. To be confident and fear nothing. And they know that they are entering a world
that is going to be challenging, and dynamic. I have total faith that they know what to
do at this point. Our job is to follow them as they go on to
their careers. You have had so much perspective because you
have seen many graduating classes. And many injuring classes but does this class
be set apart for? What sets this class apart, they are as talented
as any class we’ve had they are as large as we have had. There entering into a future unknown as any
that we’ve had here. They don’t know what jobs they will have. They will probably change two or three times. But with that kind of talent and knowledge
what sets them apart is that they will be very innovative in the world. They will do decent and kind things in the
world. They won’t be different for virtue of the
ability and knowledge and skill and compassion that they have. What do you enjoy most about this day. I know that you have many commencement days. These are the most moving days for me. Because I see students now that I know pretty
well. I just saw K offering in a purple road about
to get his PhD in Aeronautics and astronautics. And he will go off and be a rocket scientist. ESL Jeanette James who is getting her PhD
in education go on and be a leader in higher education. I am a Cotta is going to go off and travel
the road. These are students that I’m committed to. And it’s absolutely moving to know that we’ve
lived up to the expectations of the students. When you start thinking about the next class? I know that there is a next class. We will start thinking about that was on right
after graduation happens after we have these parents and ask if we did they expected us
to you. And then as we start next week we will welcome
in the new class. But it’s not until we finish celebrating this
one today. Thank you so much for joining us today. Good luck today. It’s a pleasure. I’m happy to graduating glad to be here. We love you. A shout out to my parents. We love you. Thank you friends and family. And thank you to everyone . We love you so
much. Keeping weird. We love you. Go dogs. I can’t wait to be a mechanical engineer. Thanks mom and dad for all the support. Thanks for flying up from Texas. Go dogs.>>We’re counting down to the start of the
University of Washington’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Our next guest is a real commencement pro
–this will be the 5th time that Ana Mari Cauce takes the stage as President or interim
President of this university she has called home for nearly 35 years. President Cauce, thank you for joining us
and congratulations on five years as UW president… I know you’ve been a member of staff here
for a long time. You must run into a lot of former students. How is that like? Last year I ran into a former student right
after commencement. I was going to a conference in Asia and there
was one of my former students wanting to take a selfie with me. That was just so much fun. I run into them at the grocery store and when
I’m traveling. There is nothing better. Sometimes I know exactly what they’re doing
and sometimes I find out there doing things that I would’ve never thought of. What is your vision as they go out into the
world? My vision is that they are able to achieve
their vision. We’ve given them the tools, inspiration that
they have developed the drive and the study habits here. The discipline to go out and chase their own
dream. Speaking of dreams. I know you started your career as a psychology
professor. And you still list that in your title. Do you still think of yourself after all of
these years as a teacher first and administrators second? Absolutely. A lot of eyed a lot of what I do here was
trying to teach the public in the legislature how universities work. How our budgets work and how it was important
to have state funding. White was that as much as we appreciate donors
gifts, they don’t substitute. It’s all about teaching. And it’s all about learning. Still a teacher still a student. Thank you so much for all of those insights. As you know, one of the best things about
unity being a university president is each year you get to receive what has become a
treasured condition here treasured tradition here. We want to do now is to introduce you to representatives
of the senior class of 2019 who are here to present you with the class gift. First up is Rachel Gerst of Feld. Good afternoon. It is great to see you here. It is our pleasure and honor to present you
the senior class gift to be the bystander training for students fund. What this will allow us to do, is to start
a sexual violence prevention program. It will allow students to identify situations
that they can intervene here. It will allow readership opportunities to
help educate the program. To facilitate this and come back here. Will meet thought about what we wanted this
gift to be here, they look at the campus climate survey. The first being that one out of four students
has been impacted by this type of violence. Which is pretty on par with the nation. But the other really interesting statistic
that we found on the campus climate survey was that students wanted to intervene but
they said that they just didn’t know how. So this training will solve that problem and
get them the skills they need to stop violence from happening. I truly believe that this is our first step. But changing culture is the final step. It has been great. Because I really see a change on this campus
and the training will only amplify this. You never know at the end of the day who will
be impacted by this type of violence. Maybe it’s even a friend or professor. We want this to be our gifts we can’t continue
changing this on the campus. Good afternoon. My name is cade Wigger. And it is my pleasure to present this gift. Right now there’s a lot of energy on campus. This fund will help them identify potential
situations were sexual violence may occur but also give them the necessary skills and
training to intervene and become active by standards. –Bystanders. It will help them gain access and locate this
here. Especially as students, it is important to
look at peer mentorship in the training program. So that together as students we can help create
a’s safer and more inclusive campus. We are able to give this gift and it’s something
that we do not have access to. But future students will. It is our campus, our mark in our gift to
future huskies. Now we would like to give you the senior class
gift. Thank you so much. Thank you all of you. I know this took a lot of hard work and generosity. It says so much about your class that you
are so concerned about those that come after you. There is no question that sexual violence
and assault is a very serious issue on college campuses and across society. You are absolutely right. It’s so critical that we build a culture and
a community that when we see something not only do we say something we get involved. So thank you so much I guarantee your gift
will be used well. Congratulations to the class of 2019. Already showing your might. Thank you very much. Among those receiving degrees today will be
members of a national championship team. For the first time ever a team from the University
of Washington on a national competition that requires them to successfully predict the
weather for selected U.S. city. Hours due to reporter motel Moe is with them. — Thank you Stacy. Its like the Super Bowl of college weather
and the UW is the champs. Meet Joe Zagrodnik… he is about to receive
a Ph.d for his work in atmospheric sciences. Joe tell us briefly about this competition… We are the graduating members for the department
of agriculture environmental science. We have been competing in this weather forecasting
competition. We are excited because this year in the final
year we took home our first championship. And who were the other teams that were there? We competed against 36 other colleges and
universities just like us. Consisting of undergraduates, graduate students
faculty and alumni. Kelsey I wanted to ask you what kind of things
did you have to predict back in this competition? Way to predict the maximum temperature, the
minimum temperature, the wind to speed and the total amount of precipitation. I hear the have a cool hat can we see that? That is cool. John, does this competition mean that you
guys are weather stars? Yes. We learn from the best and we are the best. I already made forecasts for my friend Adam
and Michelle. So why not. Thank you John. So I’m going to put your skills to the test
and I want you to forecast the weather for this afternoon. The clouds of burned off and we will have
sunny skies the rest of the afternoon. High temperature of about 73 degrees. A 0% chance of rain and 100% chance of graduation. That looks like great weather for commencement. Thank you Stacy back to you. Thank you Moe. The stadium is filling up quickly peer. We can see that the seats are quickly filling
up on the Southside of the bleachers. That is because that side is currently in
the shade. And the sun is peeking out right now. It looks like it will be a glorious and toasty
kind of day. So we hope everyone has the sunscreen and
umbrellas handy. It’s time for us to share today’s schedule
with you. Get your cameras ready for the processional
which begins at 1:30pm… The presentation of colors and national anthem
will happen around 2:10pm. That’ll be followed by the welcome and introductions…
plus special speeches and presentations. We will begin conferring degrees a little
before 3pm starting with doctoral degrees. And we are set to wrap up around 4:15pm today. Earlier, did you see your message on the big
screen? If you missed out here is another chance for
you to say something to your favorite grad so keeping watching to big screen and get
your phones ready. Hi everyone… We are joined now by none other than the official
Husky mascot who needs no introduction. Dubs is here today and we want to also meet
his handlers… This is
Katie Gilbert and Mikayla Rolfs who are graduating seniors… congratulations! Congratulations to Katie, Mikayla and Dubs. We’ve been looking forward to it. What is it like being the handler? It is a tough one. We get to go to a bunch of different kinds
of events. Football games basketball vents weddings the
department of things as well. My favorite part would be getting to do football. We get to be here for the entire game day
and get them leads the team out onto the field. That seems like such a fun job. So I wanted to ask you how does one become
Dubbs handler? We saw students working with the first game. So I looked it up online and found an email
and just kept bothering them until eventually I got an interview. And they finally said yes? Yes. For me I met Lisa one day before he moved
in my freshman year. They told me about the play. So what is a special appearance going to be? Right before they give out the bachelors degrees
we are going to cross the stage and have him give the presentation. That’s cute. And then since you guys are graduating are
you worried at all about who the handlers are going to be for next year? Do you already know them? We do know them. We’ve had a team so a few people carryover
each year. And then we have two new people that are doing
great with him. Thank you so much and congratulations to Katie
and Michaela. And I believe I’m getting a highlight from
Doug. Thanks, Mo -back to you in a few minutes. Now we’ve moved inside the beautiful Husky
Hall of Fame inside Alaska Airlines Arena. It’s appropriate because of the sports background
of our guest. He started a distinguished career as a ball
boy for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1969 and went on to work for the Sonics in marketing
& PR. He was there when they won the NBA title in
1979 and today he is the President of the Golden State Warriors… We are honored to talk with today’s keynote
address speaker, Seattle’s own Rick Welts. Welcome back home… Rick Welts, today’s keynote speaker…thank
you and we look Is probably what everyone understands is thinking
right now. What is your thoughts on the NBA championship
series? I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of
a team that I was the Golden State Warriors this time around. Against incredible injuries, and a lot of
adversity, just so very proud of the way that our guys fought to that inverse adversity. We were hoping to get a third consecutive
championship. And along the way we lost two incredible players
to various serious injuries. So our thoughts are with them getting them
healthy again. But it has been an amazing run. Five consecutive years. That is in the NBA finals. Something that hasn’t been done since Bill
Russell’s Boston Celtics 60 years ago’s. –60 years ago. We moving from Oakland to San Francisco in
a few months. We are going to open a brand- new chapter
voyeurs basketball. How does it feel to be back here at the University
of Washington? It feels awesome. I love it here. These were the four best years of my life. Most of the people in the stadium today can
probably say the same thing. But I’ve loved my time here in Washington. Never really had a choice. Every member in my family for my grandparents
to my parents and aunts and uncles, they all went here. So from the time that I could walk I was coming
to games in the stadium. In Husky Stadium. So it’s been part of my life in various different
ways that set me on a trajectory for my life. It’s a thrill to be back. I know your use to speaking in front of big
crowds and national audiences, but will today be different? It well. An incredible honor. One of those things that any graduate of this
school could not even imagine having the opportunity to do. Really, it’s very honored and humbled by this
opportunity to be here. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken in front of
40,000 people. So that could be a little different today
too. One last question for you, do you ever see
yourself moving back to Seattle? Maybe to work full-time? My goal in life right now, is to not work
full-time. So I doubt the answers that question will
be a yes. The first part, every time I’m here. It’s just such a magical place to live and
certainly a magical place to go to school. That would be a great outcome to find myself
back here someday. Rick Welts, today’s keynote speaker…thank
you and we look forward to hearing your address later this afternoon. Now here are more of your messages to our
graduates. I want to give everyone here a little insider
info now. Behind me is of course the stage where the
grads will be receiving their degrees… and this is what they will get. And also you want to get the pictures of your
grad? Well your first chance will be in just few
minutes when every graduate will walk into the stadium from either this ramp or the one
on the other side of the stage. But how will you know when to watch for your
grad? Well, this large banner known as gonfalon. Each of the schools and colleges have one
of these banners to lead their candidates into the stadium. As of course who carries a Gonfalon? A Gonfalonier! This is Karlee Orvik who is carrying one of
the College of Arts and Sciences banners. So how did you get chosen to pick to carry
this? It’s an academic honor. My departmental advisor’s like to me for this
today. After all of your hard work and the time and
commitment to school, does this feel like a prize? It absolutely does. All the people in my major surprised me walking
behind me today. So it’s really special to get to walk out
with all of them. Where you from? I’m from Spokane originally. You have any shadow to want to get the family
and friends? Yes. To my family and my fiance I think they’re
all here today and I’m grateful that they are here to support me. Think you. Back to you Stacy.>>Thank you. One of the speakers on stage is the University
of Washington’s new pro host. –Provost. He’s participating in his very first commencement
this afternoon here in Husky Stadium. Mark Richards was named Provost early last
year but did not officially become a Husky until July. Provost Richards, welcome to Commencement
2019. What are some of your thoughts on some of
the’s first commitment here? My main thoughts are that graduations are
just wonderful. I love to see the parents and the families
for the kids. And the joy on everybody’s faces. I think my son just graduated from college
two weeks ago himself. And I think somehow graduation takes everyone
by surprise. Just how joyful they are and how much happiness
there is. It turned out, I’m sure it was one of his
best days and the same will be true for everyone here today. Any words of wisdom for those parents that
are here? Since you went through this recently yourself? Words of wisdom for parents, let the tears
flow and let the smiles come. Enjoy this moment. It is yours as much is your kids. It takes a village to graduated college student. You are all part of this. And we are thrilled to have you here. Like it or not you are all members of this
family now. You are approaching your one year anniversary
as Provost. Can you reflect on that last year? It has been delightful. I love Seattle the University of Washington
is very warm and welcoming of a community. A great university and becoming greater. The leadership here is fantastic. The students are wonderful. That’s all I have to say. I love being here. You spent most of your academic career in
the classroom as faculty. Do you miss teaching? I gave my last final exam year ago. Some not that far away from teaching and I
really never will be. I did miss it this year. I do plan to do some teaching as soon as my
feet are more firmly on the ground. But ultimately it is the joy of being around
students. What will you remember about this day? What will I remember? I think the thing that will always impress
me the most, is just the smiles, the warmth and the look on families, parents, faces. And the graduates joy for being here. For completing this milestone. Is just thrilling. Finally, do you remember your own college
graduation? That is a difficult question. Because I was not able to attend my own college
graduation. Which I regret. I had to leave today after my last final exam
to take a job. So I’ve been to many graduation sense because
I’ve been teaching universities for over 30 years. And every time I go to one of these graduations
I say I wonder what I missed. Provost Richards, we hope you enjoy this day
and we look forward to hearing you speak to everyone this afternoon. Now for everyone here in the stadium get your
phones out. Here is another opportunity for you to say something to your grad.>>We are just minutes away from watching more than
5500 graduates file into Husky Stadium for today’s commencement ceremony. And among the grads will be a group of women
who just helped make sports history… Your 2019 NCAA national champions with 132
points, University of Washington. The Husky women’s crew swept every race at
the NCAA championships and get this they did the same thing two years ago! Our student reporter Mo Tilmo is with some
of the graduating members of the women’s crew team…Mo… ?>>These other women from the Husky crew. A kind of wanted to know what it was like
for this to come to an end? I’m sad and I’m happy. I mean it’s like what is next? I think I just kind of feel pretty at peace
now after the season and the year that we’ve had together. It feels like we came here into but we wanted
to do while we were here. I’m very happy. What’s more fulfilling? Graduating college or winning the national
temperature? That one is going to be a hard tie. I think winning this year and graduating this
year with the class of 2019 that is all that matters. And we did both together. So I’m very happy.>>A real made history by doing something
no other school has done? What was that? This year we swept NCAA. We got in every boat class which is never
been done until 2017 when we did for the first time. Being able to do it again this year and also
setting a record in every event was the craziest thing that is ever happened. But with this team I just totally believe
it. Could do you hope to continue on rowing and
more in the future? A few of us are going to help to roll –row
on the national team. Case and is often style?>>>>Thanks Mo and the UW women’s crew team
and also to everyone for getting here early for our preview of the 144th Commencement
Ceremony. Now get those camera’s ready because the processional
is about to start. I’m Stacy Sakamoto… congratulations to everyone
and enjoy your big day. ANNOUNCER: Graduates and Guests! Welcom e to the University of Washington’s
144th Commencement ceremony, honoring the graduating class of 2019.>>ANNOUNCER: Please welcome the University
faculty, led by the Commencement Marshals, and the winners of the 2019 Awards of Excellence. ANNOUNCER: Now entering the stadium are candidates
for the various Doctoral and Professional degrees. Carrying the gonfalons for the Graduate School
are Audrey Ragsac on the north and Jason Coult on the south. Audrey is receiving a Doctor of Philosophy
in Biology. Jason is receiving a Doctor of Philosophy
in Bioengineering. On the north, carrying the gonfalon for the
School of Pharmacy, is Justin Fernando. Justin is receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. On the south, carrying the gonfalon for the
School of Law, is Yumeng “Sissy” Bian. Cee-Cee is receiving a Juris Doctor degree
and a Master of Business Administration .>>ANNOUNCER: Also on the north, carrying the gonfalon for
the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Hancheng Shi. ANNOUNCER: Candidates for the various Master’s
degrees are now entering the stadium. Carrying the gonfalons for the Graduate School
are Shada Eed Salameh on the north and Lovely- Francis Domingo on the south. Shada is receiving a Master of Laws. Lovely-Francis is receiving a Master of Science
in Information Management. Also on the north, carrying the gonfalon for
the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Hancheng Shi. Hancheng is receiving a Master of Public Administration.>>ANNOUNCER: Ladies and Gentlemen, candidates
for the bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences are now entering the
stadium. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor
of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music candidates are on the north. Bachelor of Science in Biology candidates
are also on the north. All other Bachelor of Science candidates enter
on the south.>>ANNOUNCER: Candidates from the College
of Arts and Sciences continue to enter on the north and south. Carrying the gonfalon on the north is Christian
Nault, who is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies and Linguistics. ANNOUNCER: On the NORTH, carrying the gonfalon
for the College of Arts and Sciences, is Madeline Renee Vaught, who is receiving a Bachelor
of Arts in English: Creative Writing and Dance.>>ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, on the
south side of the stadium, please welcome bachelor’s candidates from the College of
Education, led by gonfaloniere Miriam Packard. Ms. Packard is receiving a Doctor of Philosophy
in Education: Learning Sciences and Human Development. ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, entering
on the south side of the stadium, please welcome the bachelor’s
candidates from the College of Engineering, led by gonfalonieres Alexander Ratcliff and
Thanika Painruttanasukho. Alexander is receiving a Bachelor of Science
in Environmental Engineering. Thanika is graduating with a Bachelor of Science
in Industrial Engineering. ANNOUNCER: Candidates from the College of
Arts and Sciences continue to enter from the north, led by gonfaloniere Christelle Silue
who is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health-Global Health and French. ANNOUNCER: Now entering on the south are bachelor
candidates from the College of the Environment. Carrying the gonfalon is Rachel Fricke, who
is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences ANNOUNCER: Bachelor candidates from the Information
School are now entering the stadium on the south. The Information School gonfalon is carried
by gonfalonieres Andrea Chen and Stephanie Burd. Andrea is receiving a Bachelor of Science
in Informatics (Data Science). Stephanie is receiving a Bachelor of Science
in Informatics (Human Computer Interaction). ANNOUNCER: Bachelor candidates from the Michael
G. Foster School of Business are now entering the stadium on the south, led by gonfaloniere
Zoraida Valdovinos. Zoraida is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in
Business Administration (Marketing). ANNOUNCER: Candidates receiving Bachelor of
Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences are now entering
from the north, led by gonfaloniere Regan Gong, who is graduating with a Bachelor of
Arts in Comparative Religion and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. ANNOUNCER: Bachelor candidates the School
of Nursing and the School of Medicine are now entering the stadium on the south. The School of Nursing is led by gonfalonier
Yuting Lin, who is receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. Carrying the gonfalon for the School of Medicine
is Jason Ofodile, who is receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy. ANNOUNCER: Welcome now the bachelor candidates
from the College of Built Environments. They are led by gonfaloniere Yun Liu, who
is receiving a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.>>ANNOUNCER: The final groups of bachelor candidates entering
the stadium on the south are from the School of Public Health and the School of Social
Work. Carrying the gonfalon for the School of Public
Health is Justin Matias, who is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics
and Health Information Management. The School of Social Work candidates are led
by gonfaloniere Michael Mugambe, who is receiving a Master of Social Work (Community-Centered
Interactive Practice).>>ANNOUNCER: On the NORTH, carrying the gonfalon
for the College of Arts and Sciences, is Donya Derakshani, who is graduating with a Bachelor
of Science in Biochemistry. ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the members
of the Deans and President’s parties are about to enter the stadium. Will all graduates please take their seats. ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the members
of the Deans and President’s parties are about to enter the stadium. Will all graduates please take their seats.>>And now, please turn your attention to
the southwest corner of the stadium and welcome the procession of deans of the University’s
sixteen schools and colleges, led by Deans Marshal JeShawna Schmidt. ANNOUNCER: The academic procession concludes
with the entrance to the stadium of the University of Washington Regents, president, and vice
presidents, led by University Marshal Associate Professor Joseph Janes, of the Information
School. Will all graduates please remain standing
at your seats.>>Welcome to our beautiful campus. We’d like to begin this ceremony by acknowledging
the land on which the University rests, the land of the Coast Salish peoples, which touches
the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot
nations. Today, we celebrate together. The commencement exercises of the University
of Washington will be opened with the presentation of the colors by the joint ROTC color guard
and the singing of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ by Lauren Kulesa. Ms. Kulesa is graduating today with a Master
of Music in Voice Performance. The audience will please rise. Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early
light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’
the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting
in air, Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet
wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? Please be seated. It is now my pleasure to present to you the
President of the University of Washington, Ana Mari Cauce, who will preside over today’s
exercises. What a beautiful day. Welcome to the one hundred forty-forth commencement
ceremony of the University of Washington. Commencement ceremonies are an expression
of academic traditions going back hundreds of years, and they symbolize some of the most
fundamental values of our civilization, most particularly, the pursuit of truth and the
preservation of freedom. The splendid music you have been listening
to during the processional, and which you will be hearing more of later in the program,
is being provided for us this afternoon by students from the School of Music’s wind ensemble,
under the direction of professor Timothy Salzman. As you can tell they are gifted musicians
and we greatly appreciate their participation here today. Let’s thank them. [applause] Now, these ceremonies are solemn,
but they’re also festive. As the name suggests, this is not an end,
but a commencement of new activities and challenges in the lives of our graduates. Just a few years ago we welcomed you to the
University of Washington Freshman Convocation in front of the same four columns that you
see standing behind me. That’s all that remains of the original University
that opened in 1861. We told you then that we would see you in
four years -in front of these same columns – when you graduated. That may seem like a lifetime ago, or it might
seem like just yesterday – or maybe a little bit of both. But here you are! You made it! I am truly honored to be the first to formally
congratulate the degree and award recipients, and to welcome all of you to this ceremony. [applause] The ultimate responsibility for the University
lies with the members of the Board of Regents, ten citizens of the state who are appointed
by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. These dedicated men and women devote many
hours each year to the welfare of the University. All ten of our regents are with us this afternoon,
and I would like to introduce them at this time. Please hold your applause until they are all
introduced. Dr. Constance W. Rice, the Chair of the Board
Joel Benoliel, Board Vice Chair William S. Ayer Joanne Harrell Jeremy Jaech Libby G.
MacPhee Rogelio Riojas Blaine Tamaki David Zeeck Kaitlin Zhou, the student member of
the board . Please recognize our Board of Regents. [applause] We also have seated on the platform
this afternoon the chief academic and administrative officers of the University, the vice presidents,
the deans of the schools and colleges, and our special guest, Dr. Shiela Edwards Lange,
President of Seattle Central College, whom you’ll meet later. Finally, I’d like to introduce the president
of our alumni association, Daniel Heu-Weller. The alumni association has been keeping the
over 479,000 members of the Husky alumni family connected with each other and with the University
for more than 125 years. I hope you all join! I’d like to introduce now our provost and
executive vice president for academic affairs, Mark Richards, who will present to you our
amazing faculty and this year’s University award winners. Thank you President Cauce. A great number of faculty and staff members
are here today to witness the conferring of your degrees. You’ve already met one of them, our University
Marshal, Joe Janes, who is also the acting chair of the faculty senate. You may also know many of the professors,
lecturers and mentors, both faculty and staff, who are serving as commencement and college
marshals. You may not realize it, but they look forward
to celebrating this day just like you. I must say I have been looking forward to
it too. I joined the University only a year ago, but
I have seen the magic that happens when you bring together great teachers and researchers
and a brilliant and engaged student body. And that magic happens here every day. You have made it happen and you have every
reason to be very proud of what you have accomplished. I have the pleasure today of introducing several
recipients of the University’s 2019 Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence recognize individuals
whose mentorship and service have made a profound impact on the lives of students and the broader
university community. You can read about all this year’s award winners
in your Commencement program, but I’d like to recognize in particular those who have
joined us on stage today. They are: Sarah Stroup, Amanda Swarr, Kira
Schabram, Jose Guzman, Jennifer Doherty, Jeffrey Buenaflor, Connie Kravas, Hyokyoung Yi, Laura
Harrington, and Darrel Owens. Now, I’d like all our award winners, faculty,
staff and marshals – both those on stage and those on the field – to stand and receive
our many thanks for your dedication and service to the University and the Class of 2019.>>Thank you Dr. Richards. Now before I continue there is one more group
we must thank. I would like all the mothers, all the fathers,
all the family members, all your supporters to stand. You have been so instrumental in helping each
of our graduates achieve the tremendous distinction they will be awarded today. Thank you for all your support of our graduates. [applause]>>Graduates! Take a moment, right now, to savor that word:
graduates. Think back over your University of Washington
experience, and before that, to the community college or high school that prepared you to
get here. Consider the enormous investment you have
made in yourself, measured in years of effort, hours of concentration, and in sacrifices
and deferred rewards. Remember the moments that challenged you and
frustrated you, maybe even made you wonder if you were on the right path. Well, if you still had any doubt, today is
your answer. We are here to celebrate you! Whether you are collecting your bachelor’s,
your master’s, a professional degree or your Ph.D., your accomplishments fill all of us
who serve the UW with pride. You ARE the mission of this great public university
and we are all cheering for you. With your degree, you have equipped yourself
with the knowledge, skills and credentials to open countless doors, and I know you are
already stepping through those doors. So many of you have gone beyond the classroom
to take internships, study abroad or conduct research. You’ve engaged in advocacy and activism, helped
your families and served your communities long before you graduated. I also want you to know that if you are still
seeking your path, you have plenty of time and runway to find the right one. Whatever you decide to do next, to paraphrase
President John F. Kennedy, I hope you will ask not only what your next opportunity can
do for you, but what it will enable you to do for the world. We face real and significant challenges, and
I’m not exaggerating when I say you are the best hope we have to meet them. The collective talent, drive and desire in
this stadium is overwhelming. The potential to tackle any issue from climate
change to poverty to every type of inequity exists within you. Celebrating your achievement in graduating
is also partly about celebrating what comes next — of waiting, eagerly, to see how you
will launch and the beauty of your trajectories. Wherever you go, whatever you do, I hope that
you will take with you the values that are the bedrock of this University. Remember that there is no substitute for treating
people with kindness and respect, and that you are also a person deserving of respect
and empathy, not only from others, but from yourself. Remember that it’s good to ask for help, and
good to provide help when it’s asked of you. Finally, I want to thank you for all that
you have brought to the University of Washington in your time here. Your curiosity, ideas and involvement have
all been gifts to the UW that we cherish. A part of you is here, and I hope that you
will keep in touch with that part and remember that your University is always here for you,
wherever your journey takes you. Congratulations Class of 2019! [applause]
Now there’s just one more thing to do. I would love to get one last photo with the
Class of 2019. So I would like all of you to look up at the
top of the big screen behind me and I am going to turn around and face it too. OK – everyone …get ready to smile for
our photographers! Let’s count it down! That is called the ultimate selfie. Thank you all for the memories! Congratulations! Since 1932, the University has presented medals
to the graduating seniors with the most distinguished academic records at the University. One medal is awarded to a student who has
completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the University
and one is awarded to a student who entered the University with at least 60 transfer credits
from a Washington community college. The first recipient of this year’s President’s
Medal is Emma Josephine Spickard. Emma will you come forward. Emma’s undergraduate career was notable not
only for her academic excellence but also for her public service. On campus she served as a campus tour guide,
an orientation leader with First Year Programs, and a peer mentor for the Honors Program. She did service learning at the Elizabeth
Gregory Home’s women’s day shelter and interned with the Real Change Homeless Empowerment
Project. She also worked with the student group GlobeMed,
which partners with an organization in Kenya to improve access to health, education and
food security. Upon graduation, Emma will travel to South
America and Southeast Asia on a Bonderman Fellowship before returning to school to pursue
a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Public Health or a Master in Public Policy. Emma is graduating summa laude with a Bachelor
of Science in Public Health-Global Health. Emma, it’s my very great pleasure to present
you this medal in recognition of your outstanding achievements at the University.>>I told you our graduates were special. And here is another one. The recipient of the President’s Medal for
the student who entered the University from a Washington community college is Marisa De
Luccia. Marisa came to us from Seattle Central College
and as I mentioned earlier, we are honored to have with us today the president of that
college – and our dear friend – Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange. Will you both please join me at the lectern? When she entered the University, Marisa took
full advantage of the opportunities offered by our Environmental Science & Terrestrial
Resource Management program. Through a combination of scholarships and
grants she was able to conduct independent research on the remediation of waste waters
in Costa Rica. She also volunteered in the UW’s Disturbance
Ecology Lab on plant pathology, pollinator ecology and insect population dynamics and
recently accepted a summer position as a full- time undergraduate researcher in the lab. She currently works with the Pacific Northwest
Invasive Plant Council, where she organizes free invasive plant identification and reporting
workshops with governmental organizations across Washington and Oregon. Marisa also volunteered with TRIO student
support services, which assists low-income students and students with disabilities. Marisa is graduating summa laude with a Bachelor
of Science in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. Marisa, it’s my very great pleasure to present
you this medal in recognition of your outstanding achievements at the University. I would also like to recognize those students
who are graduating today with the University’s highest baccalaureate honors: summa laude,
magna laude, and laude. Their names are listed on page 15 of the commencement
program. Student government is an important component
of the governance of this institution, and its leadership is called on regularly to represent
student views on a wide range of issues at the University. I am pleased to introduce to you now the President
of the Associated Students of the University of Washington, Ritika Jain, and the President
of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Giuliana Conti. Hello class of 2019. Congratulations. For the past year I have been your student
body president. But not for much longer. At the end of the ceremony my term is over. So this is me putting in my two minutes notice? For my last active president I wanted to something
big. Like get everyone a dog, or put two ply toilet
paper and all the bathrooms. Or payoff everyone student debt? I was going to go off with that one, but someone
in Georgia did it first and now it doesn’t seem as impressive. The past four years doing something big and
important an impressive has hovered over our heads. Pushing us to do more. Sometimes because we could and sometimes we
just didn’t have a chance. Every single one of you has fought against
your own barriers, burdens and doubts. Regardless of where you’re coming from or
where you’re going your with this now. And that is the biggest and most important
thing of all. You should be proud of yourselves. We have survived the greatest days in the
longest of nights. There’s been strength and resilience. Now that we know what we are capable of, what
are we going to do with it? Outside of these walls the world is facing
its longest night. And it is not doing so well. Every day, rights are revoked massacres are
hidden and we are expected to just let it happen. But that is not how we were taught. That is not what we should do. So don’t. Some of us are starting new jobs on Monday. Some are starting new lives across the country
and the world. Some of us are still figuring it out. Whatever you do from now on matters. It matters so much. Make it big, make it impressive make it matter. It has been a pleasure to serve you and it
will be a pleasure to see how you serve the world. Hello grad students. When I finished my undergrad I was frustrated
that congratulations came with the consolation that those for college years would’ve been
the best of my life. Moving back in with my parents, not having
a job yet and repeating the having to explain a degree in music wasn’t enough. Now I was expected to mourn the end of my
youth and freedom. Super inspiring. So I went and worked for the next five years
believing that they were right. That everything was just downhill from there. But I’m very glad that they were so wrong. I meet graduating professional students everyday’s
a student leader. These people are incredible. These grad student caregivers, volunteers,
scientists, artists, practitioners and humanitarians worked tirelessly to achieve a goal that they
set years ago when they applied to the receipt Washington. Not just for themselves, but for the families
and their communities. So far, grad school has been the best years
of my life. Because of you all. All of you right here. You hold me and everyone else accountable
to higher standards of what it means to be a good person and set higher goals. Grad students, know this, society is lucky
to have you. Your tenacity, your passion and your boundary
pushing, to break the mold in question everything philosophy has manifested into skill which
will change the world in the lives of those around you. I believe that people often underestimate
how much it is comparable to a student athlete. You are brilliant. The University of Washington has been incredibly
lucky to have you as the backbone of our community. My hope is that as you transition, out of
your grad student experience and into your next chapter that you will carry with you
the open-minded passion that brought you here in the first place and continue to have all
the best years of your lives. Because you will demand for yourself the same
standards of community, innovation and boundless knowledge that you found here. I am so proud of what you have accomplished
and excited to see what you are going to do next. Congratulations. And that is what you call powerful. The wind feels good. They got me a little bit off balance. We are honored to have the commencement speaker
at alumnus of the University. Who has forever changed the world of professional
sports with his historic accomplishments and efficacy for diversity and inclusion at the
sports industry and in society. A Seattle native whose president and chief
operating officer of the four-time national basketball Association champion Golden State
Warriors. And a recent inductee into the basketball
Hall of Fame. Over a career that began decades ago as a
ball-boy for our beloved Seattle SuperSonics, he has risen to the highest echelons of management
in the National Basketball Association and made an indelible mark on the sports world. Please join me in giving a very warm welcome
to Mr. Rick Welts! Thank you. I think when you called me in January I said
to you on the phone that I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve had chills. During a phone call. So thank you. I have to tell you how much it means to me
to be here in the stadium today. I think the course of my life was set right
here. From the time I could walk they were bring
me to husky games in the stadium. I was racing down to the ticket office to
buy a three dollar ticket to sit in the bleachers right over there. I think I knew what I wanted to be. Sunny six killer. In 1970 I think everybody wanted to be sunny
six killer — graduates, congratulations. It’s been a long journey and you have made
it. But I know how some of you feel standing here
on the verge of a major change in your life. Not exactly sure what will happen next. And you’re wondering if you made the right
choices. Did you pick the right courses? The right field of study? Did you choose a career path that will guide
you for the rest of your life? The short answer, probably not. You are here for a lot of alumni here. Had to take the opportunity to think about
what you did when you left college. What are you actually doing now. I came here during Watergate. I was hoping to save the world through my
journalism. As difficult as it might be to imagine at
that point in time journalists were heroes. I thought it was going to be my career. I landed a job for the supersonics as a ballboy. Little did I know I would end up working there
or have a career that would include four NBA championships. And an induction into the basketball Hall
of Fame. There is no way that I could have possibly
imagined that. Whatever you imagine your career it will be
buffeted and turned inside out before if you are lucky you find the passion that excites
you every day of your life. One thing I would say, to take chances. I don’t mean parachuting or cliff diving I
mean take a chance on yourself when opportunity presents itself. Because I bet you will find as you go through
your career and life there is one voice telling you that you weren’t qualified for a job. That you don’t have the skills and it’s just
too much to take on. And that voice most likely will be her own. You’re not smart enough or good enough to
meet those requirements at which I say how do you know unless you try? Give yourself permission to surprise yourself. Take a chance. Give it a try. You will amaze yourself. This next part has a story with it. It concerned the time the young woman invited
her grandmother to her house for a cup of coffee. Her grandmother got there and her granddaughter
was in a real state. Her beloved cat had climbed a tree. 30 feet up into the air. She didn’t know what to do. Call the fire department, call 911? The wise grandmother put the hand on her shoulder
and looked in the eye. Honey, have you ever seen a cat skeleton in
a tree? You haven’t? That’s because they don’t die of there. Somehow they figure out a way to get themselves
down. And that is going to be you. Until now you had a lot of help. From teachers, mentors and family I hope you’re
using this weekend to say thank you and tell them how much you appreciate them. They’re going to be problems ahead though. I’m glad we got these kind of problems. It will be difficult and persistent problems
that have a difficult or easy answer. They will not be able to ask someone else
to step in and fix them either. You have to work through it. You will have to get yourself out of that
tree. I know because I spent the majority of my
personal life and that tree. I had a secret. I was different. But my difference wasn’t one that showed. It wasn’t the color of my skin or my gender. It wasn’t the got it worshiped or the language
they spoke. I am . And in keeping my secret , I don’t
usually get applause for that. But it is nice. In keeping my secret and staying there I was
prepared to take whatever personal sacrifices I needed to make sure I had a career in sports
and make sure the people I cared about the most still love me. I was good at it. Or at least I thought I was. Not once in my entire career did someone ask
me if I was . I managed to construct a fence row my personal life. Those that I worked with respect to my boundaries. They didn’t ask about who I socialize with
last weekend so I didn’t ask them. I never acted differently or lied. But I was never completely honest. Eventually I reach the crossroads I had a
breakup in large measure here because it was the most important person brought in to my
amount here. It was time. I asked a friend in New York City , media
guru to meet me for dinner. It is going to look great in the movie. Us don’t a snowy night or table by the window. I told Dan that we needed to put my story
in the context. I could privately share this fact with those
that I worked with and be at peace with myself. But I asked if I thought there was something
more that can be accomplished they came out in a different way. He said Ricky, and he always calls me that,
if you’re willing to do this I want to help. And I think it’s page A1 on the New York Times. That was my big moment. My storyline was right there on the front
page of the New York Times. It took me a long time to get out of the tree. But when I did it was an overwhelmingly positive
experience that has given me a platform to talk about equality and diversity and inclusion. Especially in a profession like men’s sports
that lands us on the subjects. You will inevitably find yourself stuck in
your own unique tree. And you know what, you are going to figure
out how to get yourself down. My story was published in 2011. There’s no way that anyone could have imagined
the pace of social change that would unfold around the issues of sexual orientation and
gender equity in the next few short years. 2015 the Supreme Court legalized same-sex
marriage. Unimaginable a few years before. My partner Todd and I were invited to the
pride celebration. In a speech that day, it was his morning that
I remember most. While they cheer the progress that had been
made he said, it is not inevitable. History doesn’t just travel forward. It also travels backward. Three days later the pulse nightclub shooting
took place in Orlando killing 49 people. History does not just travel forward. There many trying to push us backward. Creating conflict between groups of people
is now political strategy. Please be among those that want to keep our
focus on traveling forward. I’ve always been especially trained by those
different than me. I am pretty sure that I’ve never learned anything
when I was talking. Diversity in your life and career it has a
richness and texture. You can’t imagine watching this table cable
news the same on every day. Business maybe a social strategy but it’s
definitely a success strategy. Engaging those with different backgrounds
and experiences truly valuing their ideas , results in better decision- making. Period. Guaranteed. Because of how it enriches you as a person
a gives you success in your career. In my mid-20s that we are walking through
the Magnolia neighborhood and she started asking questions like whether not I was having
trouble meeting girls. By afternoons and I told her what she already
knew. I was . And –try on and gay and she said
I don’t know why you thought it was such a big deal. You know that your uncle Bob is gay? And I said uncle Bob is gay? Uncle Bob was my dad’s brother a doctor a
world traveler, smart funny in my favorite relative. Would not have been good information for me
to have known. And that’s how I think about my decision. If I can help someone feel like they are not
alone they can succeed for who they are and not in spite of it. Maybe I can be that person that I never had. The thousands of emails that I received for
that time from total strangers here in the want to touch me the most were kids. They wanted to reach out and connect with
someone who could reach out and understand what they’re going through. For now, thank you for being here today. I can tell them the people will accept them
for who they are. And you might even get invited back to your
alma mater to give a commencement speech. For me, coming out would be the most important
thing that I ever do. And that is the real quest. Not just your career path of your life’s profession
you’re really looking for one thing. The most important thing that you will do
here and then go out and do it. Thank you and good luck. Go Huskies. Ladies and gentlemen, we are now ready to
present the various degrees to all candidates. Degrees will be conferred by the chair of
the Board of Regents, Dr. Constance W. Rice. The audience is requested to remain in their
seats until the conclusion of today’s ceremony. Candidates for doctoral degrees will be presented
by the several deans. For the School of Medicine, Associate Dean
Raye Maestas.>>It is an honor to recommend the 250 candidates
for the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Many of these graduates have proceeded to
graduate training positions throughout the country. Those participating in today’s ceremony will
come forward with the other doctoral candidates. Interim Dean Gary Chiodo School of Dentistry. It is my pleasure to present the candidates
for Doctor of Dental Surgery. These candidates were honored previously in
separate ceremonies. The present candidates will please come forward
with the other doctoral candidates. Toni Rembe Dean, Mario L. Barnes, School of
Law. On behalf of the faculty of law, I have the
honor of presenting the 159 candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor. The law graduates participating in this ceremony
will come forward with the other doctoral candidates. Dean Sean Sullivan, School of Pharmacy. It is my honor to present the 85 candidates
for the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy. These candidates will please come forward
with the other doctoral candidates. Interim Dean Rebecca Aanerud of the Graduate
School. Here with us today are candidates who have
completed all requirements for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Musical
Arts, Physical Therapy, Audiology and Nursing Practice. On behalf of the deans of the schools and
colleges and the graduate faculty, I am pleased and honored to recommend these candidates
for the highest degrees awarded by the University. Will all the doctoral degree candidates from
all schools and colleges please rise. It is my distinct pleasure to present you,
Regent Rice, all of the doctoral degree candidates from the various schools and colleges. On behalf of the Board of Regents and the
faculties of the respective schools, I am pleased to confer upon these candidates their
respective doctoral degrees. Congratulations. You have achieved high academic distinction,
and this University salutes you. You will be presented today with a memento
of this graduation exercise. Please come forward. [ Reading of Students’ Names ] [ Reading of Students’ Names ] Candidates for master’s degrees will be presented
by Associate Dean Mark Long of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and Interim
Dean Aanerud of the Graduate School.>>Candidates for master’s degrees in the Evans
School of Public Policy and Governance will please rise. [pause] I am honored to present these candidates
to receive their respective master’s degrees. Candidates will please remain standing. On behalf of the deans of the schools and
colleges and the graduate faculty, I am honored to present these candidates to receive their
respective master’s degrees. It is my distinct honor to present to you,
Regent Rice, all of the master’s degree candidates from the various schools and colleges. On behalf of the Board of Regents and the
graduate faculty, I am pleased to confer upon each of you your master’s degree. Congratulations. You will be presented today with a memento
of this graduation exercise. Please come forward.>>Candidates for bachelor’s degrees in the
various colleges and schools of the University will be presented by the several deans. The candidates who have been accepted by the
general faculty of the University for their respective degrees are listed in the commencement
program. For the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean
Robert Stacey. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences
will please rise. [pause] It is my honor to present these candidates
for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor
of Music, and Bachelor of Science and to recommend that they be awarded their respective degrees. Candidates will please be seated.>>Dean Mia Tuan, College of Education. The candidates from the College of Education
will please rise. [pause] I am proud to present these candidates
for Bachelor of Arts degrees in Early Childhood and Family Studies and Education, Communities
and Organizations, and to recommend that they be awarded their degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Dean Michael Bragg, College of Engineering. Candidates from the College of Engineering
will please rise. [pause] I am pleased to present these candidates
of the College of Engineering for the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science
in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Bioengineering,
Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Human Centered Design and Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and to recommend that they be
awarded their respective degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Dean Lisa Graumlich, College of the Environment. The candidates from the College of the Environment
will please rise. It is my pleasure and honor to present these
candidates of the College of the Environment for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor
of Science, Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources, and Bachelor of Science in Aquatic
and Fishery Sciences, and to recommend that they be awarded their respective degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Dean Anind Dey, the Information School. Candidates from the Information School will
please rise. It gives me great pleasure to present the
candidates of the Information School for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Informatics
and to recommend that they be awarded their bachelor’s degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Dean James Jiambalvo, Michael G. Foster School
of Business. The candidates from the Michael G. Foster
School of Business will please rise. [pause] It is with much pleasure that I present
these candidates for bachelor’s degrees in the Foster School of Business and recommend
that they be awarded their respective bachelor’s degrees. Candidates will please be seated.>>Associate Dean Ann Hirsch, School of Nursing.>>Degree candidates from the number one public
graduate nursing school in the nation will please rise. [pause] It is my pleasure and honor to present
these candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and recommend that they
be awarded their bachelor’s degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Associate Dean Rae Maestas, School of Medicine.>>Will the bachelor candidates from the School
of Medicine please rise. [pause] Madam President, it is a privilege
to present these bachelor candidates from the School of Medicine in the specialized
fields of medical technology, prosthetics and orthotics, and physician’s assistant and
to recommend they be awarded their respective bachelor’s degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Dean Renée Cheng, College of Built Environments. Will the candidates from the College of Built
Environments please rise. [pause] It is my honor to present these candidates
for bachelor’s degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management, and
Community and Environmental Planning, and to recommend that they be awarded their respective
bachelor’s degrees. Candidates will please be seated. Associate Dean Tessa Evans- Campbell, School
of Social Work. Candidates from the School of Social Work,
please rise. [pause] On behalf of the social work faculty,
it is my great privilege to present these candidates for their bachelor’s degrees in
Social Welfare and to recommend that they be awarded their respective bachelor’s degrees. Candidates please be seated.>>Dean Hilary Godwin, School of Public Health. The candidates from the School of Public Health
will please rise. (pause) It is with much pleasure that I present
these candidates for bachelor’s degrees in the School of Public Health and recommend
that they be awarded their respective degrees. Candidates will please be seated. All bachelor candidates from all schools and
colleges just presented will please rise. [pause] Following Regent Rice’s citation awarding
the various bachelor’s degrees, all candidates will be seated immediately, and under direction
of the faculty marshals will await their turn to come forward one row at a time. It is my distinct honor and privilege to present
to you, Regent Rice, all of the bachelor’s degree candidates from the various schools
and colleges. On behalf of the Board of Regents and the
faculty of the University, I am pleased to confer upon each of you your bachelor’s degree. Congratulations. You will be presented today with a memento
of this graduation exercise. Please come forward as directed by the marshals. The University of Washington Men’s Glee Club,
under the direction of Alonso Brizuela will now lead us in the singing of “Rise Up with
Pride for Washington.” The words to the song are printed on the inside
of the back cover of the commencement program. The audience will please rise. The audience and members of the graduating
class are requested to remain at their seats until the recessional of the faculty is concluded. Once the stage party has left the stadium,
graduates may exit the field via the stairs at the west end of the stadium or to the east
as you entered. Please remain at your seats until the recessional
is over. The one hundred forty-fourth commencement exercises
of the University of Washington are now closed.

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