Theme, Donation & Speakers

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

Give your suggestions for guest speaker, class theme and class donation through November 21, 2016.

Submit your suggestions for the ceremony through the 2017 Graduation Survey within my.evergreen.edu. The survey is available to all students eligible to graduate this academic year.

Guest Speaker Suggestion Process

  • The Graduation Office will solicit suggestions for potential speakers from graduating students, faculty and staff as we have in the past.  This step typically produces a list of more than 50 names.
  • The Graduation Planning Committee (including six undergraduate, three graduate students, and College staff) will winnow the list of suggested speakers down to 20 speakers. 
  • The list of 20 speakers will be sent to graduating students asking them to identify three speakers in priority order from the list of 20 that they would like to have invited. Priority will be given to potential speakers who have an affiliation with the College (e.g., alumni, emeritus faculty, and others engaged with the College) and whose honorarium will fall within the budget allocated. The list of 20 speakers will be sent to graduating students asking them to identify three speakers in priority order from the list of 20 that they would like to invite.
  • The Graduation Planning Committee will review the results of this prioritization process and recommend a prioritized list to the President who will make the invitation to become our graduation speaker. 

Class Theme Suggestions

The Class Theme serves to express the spirit of the graduating class and helps guide the speeches.  The theme can also be incorporated in the Class T-shirt design. The 2016 theme was – “There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.”~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Class Donation Suggestions

Funds that are raised through sales of the graduation t-shirts and announcements are donated to an on- or off-campus organization.  In the past the Class Donation has gone to Evergreen’s Child Care Center, Evergreen’s Gateways for Incarcerated Youth, Evergreen’s Organic Farm, SafePlace and/or GRUB.