Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Graduation 2013 Student Speakers


Undergraduate Student Speaker

Elissa Goss entered Evergreen as a freshman Fall 2009 after taking a year to work on farms and an environmental education center.  She was drawn to Evergreen’s commitment to social justice. At Evergreen, Elissa studied International Political Economy, focusing on race, class, and gender. In addition to studying abroad in Venezuela, the West Bank, and Israel, she recently finished an internship at the Washington State Senate. Elissa has been an active member of the Mid-East Solidarity Project, the Worship Arts Committee at the Olympia, Unitarian Universalist Church, and a Peer Writing Tutor at the Writing Center here at Evergreen. After graduation she plans to intern at the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle for the Summer and has accepted a position as the Assistant to the Director of Evergreen’s Writing Center next Fall.

Master of Public Administration Graduate Student Speaker

Sarah H. Morris entered Evergreen as a freshman Fall of 2006.  As an undergraduate she focused her studies on political theory and photography graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Spring of 2009.  After graduating she traveled and went to work with The 52 Kids Foundation an educational nonprofit in Uganda.  She helped establish a children’s dormitory for 20 of the most at risk youth who were orphaned from the AIDS pandemic that hit Uganda in the mid-nineties.  Her experience working with the nonprofit in Uganda helped fuel her decision to return to Evergreen to complete a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on public policy.