Theme & Speakers

Each year, graduating students vote for a class theme and guest speaker.

2015 Graduating Class Theme

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein

2015 Graduating Class Theme is reflected in the graduation program. Designers may use it in their t-shirt design submissions. The guest speaker, faculty and student speakers may choose to use it to guide their speeches. 

2015 Guest Speaker: Kshama Sawant

The graduating students chose Kshama Sawant as this year’s guest speaker.  We are happy to announce that she has accepted the college’s invitation.

Kshama Sawant is a Seattle City Council Member and social justice activist.  As an elected official, she pledges to be a voice for workers, youth, the oppressed and the voiceless.  She accepts only the average workers wage and donates the rest of her six-figure salary to building social justice movement.  A former software engineer from India, she became an adjunct professor after immigrating to the US and earning a PhD in economics.  Kshama has been an activist in her union, the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789, and is a member of Socialist Alternative, a national organization fighting in workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day. Socialist Alternative is in political solidarity with the Committee for a Workers’ International, a worldwide organizations fighting for working class interests in 47 countries, on every continent.

Faculty Speaker

Larry Mosqueda has been a Member of the Faculty at Evergreen since 1989.  Larry completed his Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Iowa State University; and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Washington. 

Larry has taught political economy in a range of programs, such as Power in American SocietyMaking a Difference: Doing Social ChangePolitical Economy and Social Change and Political Economy of Media.  Larry has spent his career at Evergreen working with students to, as one program description states, both “study methods of social change in the classroom and participate in local, regional, national or international groups that are making a difference, and have significant promise of continuing to do so in the future.”

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Jackson Rodriguez entered Evergreen in the Fall of 2013 as a transfer student after earning an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania.  While at Evergreen, Jackson pursued psychology and has presented research at the 2015 Western Psychological Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  After graduation, Jackson hopes to become an advocate in the disability rights movement while acknowledging the intersectionalities of race, gender, and other forms of oppression.

Master in Teaching Graduate Student Speaker

David Wall is graduating from the Masters in Teaching program as a K-12 visual arts teacher. During his time at Evergreen he has served in two student teaching placements, collaborated with his peers to develop masters level curriculum and co-taught with faculty at South Puget Sound Community College.

Before entering the program David worked in the field of visual arts in many roles. These roles included studio assistant to several commercial artists, designing and implementing public works projects and developing his own body of work.

Before Evergreen David received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in mixed media from Western Washington University, and an Associate of Arts from South Puget Sound C.C. He has accepted a position teaching middle school art in his home county of Grays Harbor. He looks forward to serving his classroom by uniting it with the local community.