After 30 years, The Evergreen State College is retiring its annual Super Saturday community celebration. The free family-oriented event included entertainment, food, arts and craft vendors and community service groups. It was held each June on the same weekend as graduation.
As the event grew and developed over time, it required an investment of hundreds of staff and volunteer hours each year, months of planning, and a net expense of about $20,000 annually. While Super Saturday will remain an important part of our campus history and will be missed by many, the decision to retire the event will allow us to redirect resources to other college priorities, which is especially important as we work to address significant state budget cuts.
In recent years the event drew an estimated 15,000-20,000 people to the campus, making it the single largest community event held on campus.
While Super Saturday is coming to an end, Evergreen's connections to its community continue. In addition to its primary role in providing higher education opportunities, some of Evergreen's other contributions include free and low-cost community events and performances, public access to facilities, and student volunteers' support for local organizations.