Theme, Student Speakers, and Donation

Each year, graduating students vote for a class theme, guest speaker and organization to receive a class donation.

2016 Graduating Class Theme

“There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.”Neil deGrasse Tyson

2016 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.

Student Speaker Auditions

Undergraduate Student Speaker: Auditions took place Wednesday, April 20th. The winner will be announced soon. 

Graduate Student Speaker: The selection process and date for the graduate student speaker auditions is determined in collaboration with the graduate programs.  If you have an interest or questions, contact your particular program staff.

See our other guest speakers for the day.

Graduation T-shirts and 2016 Class Donation

$5 from the sale of each graduation T-shirt goes to support the Senior Class donation. This year's T-shirt was designed by Allynn Carpenter. Allynn is an artist graduating this year with a Bachelor's Degree and a focus in Visual Studies. He is the father of two human children, plus a cat and a new puppy. When he isn't doing art projects, he is hanging out with his kids and dog, enjoying the outdoors.

The graduating students chose Gateways for Incarcerated Youth to receive this year's donation. Gateways for Incarcerated Youth is an Evergreen Foundation project that empowers incarcerated youth to create a positive future for themselves through youth driven cultural awareness and educational programming.