Gonzaga University News Service
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University graduated its largest class ever in ceremonies this month, for the ninth consecutive year, and job prospects for this year’s graduates are brighter than they have been in years.
KXLY-TV News Clip on Graduates’ Jobs Prospects
Companies expect to hire 21-percent more college graduates this year than last, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This was welcome news for the 2,209 students who earned undergraduate, graduate and law degrees during Gonzaga’s 118th commencement ceremonies.
Mary Heitkemper, director of Gonzaga’s Career Center, said college internships paid big dividends for this year’s graduates. Internships allow employers to get to know students over the long term and become familiar with their capabilities.
Gonzaga conferred 117 more degrees this year than last May’s previous all-time record.
Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs, started Gonzaga’s commencement events as the keynote speaker at the May 6 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony. The four-star general served as the Army’s chief of staff from 1999-2003.
The May 6 Social Justice Missioning Ceremony afforded Gonzaga the opportunity to honor graduates who begin volunteer or service work.
Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh was the keynote speaker for the graduate and senior commencements May 7 and 8, respectively. Northwest artist Harold Balazs received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the undergraduate ceremony. Hon. Steven González, King County Superior Court judge, was the keynote speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Law School ceremony May 14. Law School alumnus and Seattle attorney J. Richard Manning (’60) received the 2011 Law Medal. Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, celebrated the May 7 Baccalaureate Mass.
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