Celebrating Black Accomplishment, History and Leadership at The Evergreen State College’s Juneteenth

Carl Forbes at podium during 2019 Juneteenth Celebration

One of the momentous days in American history was June 19, 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached its final destination in Galveston, freeing the estimated 250,000 slaves still held in Texas more than two years after the proclamation was signed.

That day is celebrated throughout the U.S. as Juneteenth. On Friday, June 5, The Evergreen State College held its 2nd annual Juneteenth commemoration, shared over Zoom for students, staff, faculty and community members.

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The Evergreen State College Celebrates Visual Art with Three Virtual Galleries

Bethany Ricca sculpts a human figurine

COVID-19 and the social distancing orders it brought about cannot stop The Evergreen State College from celebrating its visual artists at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. The college’s collective ability to adapt and problem solve quickly has allowed it to carry on with its robust studio-based art offerings and develop a series of culminating events worthy of its artists’ fine work.

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Senator John McCoy (Tulalip) Recognized with Honorary Degree from Evergreen

Senator McCoy Paddles Up

The Evergreen State College bestowed an honorary Master of Public Administration degree upon retiring state Sen. John McCoy during the college’s virtual commencement ceremony on June 12, 2020. Earlier in the day, McCoy was recognized as 2020 Public Official of the Year by the college’s Master of Public Administration program. Additional plans are underway to endow a scholarship in the senator’s name to support future MPA Tribal Governance students.

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Evergreen to Host Two Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

graduation program by the clock tower

The Evergreen State College announced it will host two virtual graduation ceremonies, one as planned on June 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and the other June 13 at 10:00 a.m. This decision was made after a call for a statewide general strike and march by Black Lives Matter in Seattle and across the state. 

Graduating students were surveyed about postponing the ceremony and the replies were divided.

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