Class Theme & Guest Speaker

Each year, graduating students may vote for a class theme and guest speaker. Log in to my.evergreen.edu and follow the survey links to vote. This year's deadline is Sunday, March 15, 2015.

2015 Graduating Class Theme

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.  The suggested themes selected by the Graduation Planning Committee are listed below.  Please vote for one theme: 

  1. “If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.”  Mary Engelbreit
  2. “The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it this way.”  Grace Hopper
  3. “Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.”  Maya Angelou
  4. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”  Albert Einstein
  5. “Live as though you will die tomorrow.  Learn as though you will live forever.”  Mahatma Gandhi

2015 Guest Speaker

A speaker selected by the graduating class will present at commencement. Past speakers include Sherman Alexie, Rick Steves and Angela Davis.

Josh Blue (2010 Guest Speaker)

2001 Evergreen Alumnus.  Josh is an American comedian who got his start as a stand-up comedian while he was a student at Evergreen.  His comedy act focuses on his disability, cerebral palsy.  His first appearance on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia gained attention as a winner on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received raved reviews and was named the 11th best special on the network in 2011. His story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC. Josh was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and made a standout guest appearance on Comics Unleashed. He became the first comic to debut a stand-up special on the big screen when 7 More Days in the Tank was shown in theaters across the country.  He is a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Mancow Show and has been featured in numerous print publications including People Magazine and The New York Times. 

Cisco Morris

Cisco is a King county Master Gardener and certified arborist. His distinctive style amuses audiences of his “Gardening with Ciscoe” TV program and his radio call in show. He makes regular local appearances on the “Gardening by the Yard” show on the Home and Garden cable network.  Cisco regularly leads garden tours to countries all over the world.  

Kshama Sawant

Kshama is a Seattle City Council member and social justice activist.  As a Council member she pledges to be a voice for workers, youth, the oppressed and the voiceless.  She only accepts 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 a part-time economics professor after emigrating to the US.  She held part-time teaching positions at SCCC and Seattle University and was a visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University. Kshama is a member of Socialist Alternative, in solidarity with the Committee for a Workers’ International, which organizes for working-class interests on every continent.