MONMOUTH – The commencement ceremony for Western Oregon University’s graduating class of 2009 will take place on Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m. on McArthur Field, marking the university’s 152nd year.
Speakers include Katherine Cook, KGW, Portland’s NewsChannel 8, television reporter and WOU alumna presenting the commencement address. Speeches will also be given by Christopher D. Hamilton and Rebecca M. Chadd, recipients of the outstanding senior male and female awards, along with Melissa S. Lalack, outstanding graduate student.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, esteemed representatives from the class of 1959 will be leading the processional as the “Golden Wolves.”
On Friday, June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m., the WOU Alumni Association will host a senior send-off barbeque at the Gentle House. Free food catered by Rookies sports pub and eatery, drinks, and more are open to graduating seniors, their families, and WOU faculty and stuff. Students are asked to bring their driver’s license as entry.
The following are some demographics about the graduating class:
- The graduating class of 2009 totals 1,032 students
- 81 percent of the graduates will receive a bachelor's degree; 19 percent will receive a master’s
- 36 percent of the students are men, 64 percent are women
- The youngest graduate is 19, the oldest student receiving a bachelor’s is 64-years-old, the oldest student receiving a master’s is 62-years-old
- There are eight husband and wife couples graduating together
- 25 percent of the graduates are married
- 55 students are second generation WOU graduates, three are third generation, and one is a fourth generation WOU graduate
- 32 of 36 Oregon counties are represented by graduates
- 11 states are represented in the graduating class: Washington, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Montana, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wyoming
- 8 countries are represented: China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Taiwan
- 2 students will graduate with a 4.00 GPA
- 4 students completed two bachelor's at the same time
- 24.6 is the average age for students graduating with a bachelor’s degree; 32.5 is the average age for students graduating with a master’s
- 4 graduating students are twins (two sets, both attend WOU)
- As of June 8, 614 students will attend commencement
In addition to sitting in the main audience, the ceremony can be viewed via a large screen television located in the New Physical Education building, located north of the stadium on Church Street. It will also be streamed live online at www.wou.edu/ucs/video. The ceremony will be replayed on WIMPEG, public access cable channel 17 in Monmouth-Independence beginning at 2 p.m. on June 15. Visit www.wimpeg.org for the complete playback schedule. CCTV, Comcast channel 22 in Salem, will also show the ceremony. Check www.cctvsalem.org for the complete schedule. DVD’s of the 2009 ceremony as well as other select ceremonies dating back to 1988 may be ordered from a sales table near the stadium or online at http://www.edu/ucs/video/commencement.php
For more information about commencement, contact the Registrar’s Office at 503-838-8327.
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Written by Lisa Wilson, Public Relations student intern