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For 9th Straight Year, Commencement Will Be Largest in School History

Posted on April 21, 2011 in: Academics, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students
For the ninth consecutive year, Gonzaga University will graduate its largest class ever as a total of 2,209 undergraduate, graduate and law degrees will be conferred during the University’s 118th commencement ceremonies. Graduate and undergraduate ceremonies are May 7-8, respectively. The Gonzaga School of Law commencement is May 14.

For the ninth consecutive year, Gonzaga University will graduate its largest class ever as a total of 2,209 undergraduate, graduate and law degrees will be conferred during the University’s 118th commencement ceremonies.

Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies May 7-8, Respectively; Law Commencement May 14

SPOKANE, Wash. – For the ninth consecutive year, Gonzaga University will graduate its largest class ever as a total of 2,209 undergraduate, graduate and law degrees will be conferred during the University’s 118th commencement ceremonies. Graduate and undergraduate ceremonies are May 7-8, respectively. The Gonzaga School of Law commencement is May 14.

Gonzaga will confer 117 more degrees in these ceremonies than in the 2010 ceremonies when it conferred 2,092 degrees. To be conferred this year are 1,102 bachelor, 926 master, 19 doctoral and 162 law degrees. Last May, Gonzaga conferred 1,043 bachelor, 849 master, 19 doctoral and 181 law degrees. (All figures represent best estimates.)

ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY
begins at 5 p.m., Friday, May 6 in St. Aloysius Church. Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs and retired U.S. Army chief of staff, will be the keynote speaker. Shinseki, a four-star general, completed 38 years of uniformed service in the Army, including two combat tours in Vietnam. He served as the Army’s chief of staff from 1999-2003. For more information, please contact Col. Gregory Jacobsen at (509) 313-6511.

SOCIAL JUSTICE MISSIONING CEREMONY.
Gonzaga will once again honor its graduates who plan to begin volunteer or service work before starting a career. The Social Justice Missioning Ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, May 6 in the University Chapel of College Hall.

SENIOR DESSERT SOCIAL
will take place from 7-10 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Gonzaga’s off-campus Bozarth Center. All undergraduate faculty, seniors and their parents are invited to this event hosted by the division of student life. For more information, please contact Student Activities at (509) 313-6123.

PRESIDENTIAL RECEPTION, TOAST TO SENIORS:
From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, on lawn in front of the Foley Center; light refreshments will be served.

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
begins at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7 in the McCarthey Athletic Center (academic procession begins at 4:45 p.m.). A social for graduates and their families will follow the ceremony on the south lawn of the Martin Centre. Gonzaga University President Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., will be the keynote speaker.

SENIOR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
will begin in the Spokane Veterans’ Memorial Arena at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 8 (academic procession begins at 9:35 a.m.). Gonzaga University President Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., will be the keynote speaker. Prominent Northwest artist Harold Balazs will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The ceremony is expected to end by 12:45 p.m., and will be followed by a social for the graduates and their families on the Johnston Mall in front of Gonzaga’s College Hall. Arena parking is $5.

SCHOOL OF LAW COMMENCEMENT
will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14 in the McCarthey Athletic Center (academic procession begins at 9:15 a.m.). A social at the School of Law will follow. The Hon. Steven González, King County Superior Court judge, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and will be the keynote speaker. J. Richard Manning (’60), a Seattle attorney and Gonzaga Law School alumnus, will receive the 2011 Law Medal. Gonzaga honored Manning in 2005 with the Distinguished Alumni Merit Award for service to the community, the profession and his alma mater. In 1988, he was honored by the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association with the Whitney North Seymour National Award for outstanding Service in Mediation and Arbitration. For more information, please contact Susan Harmon at the Law School at (509) 313-3700 or via e-mail.

BACCALAUREATE MASSES

Undergraduates/Graduates: The Baccalaureate Mass is a central part of Gonzaga’s commencement exercises. This year, the Mass for graduating undergraduate and graduate students (and their families) will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7 in the McCarthey Athletic Center (doors open at 12:15 p.m.). All are encouraged to attend the Baccalaureate Mass, which is designed for people of every faith tradition. Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, will be the principal celebrant.

School of Law: 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 13, St. Aloysius Church. For more information, visit Gonzaga’s commencement Web site or contact Susan Harmon at (509) 313-3700 or via e-mail.

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