Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

May 2012 tent

Those of us in Waller Hall always know when graduation is coming when we see this: assembly of the giant tent outside our windows. Always an exciting sight, and it's an interesting sign of the sheer amount of work that goes into large events.

Speaking of commencement, check out our speakers and honorary degree recipients this year -- we've got an Intel corporate vice president; the CEO of AVANCE, a nonprofit providing innovative support to predominantly Hispanic families in low-income, at-risk communities; the Nobel-winning former teacher to President Thorsett; and an award-winning jurist. Sounds like they could be a bunch of WU grads, no?

And here's another plug for our ongoing partnership with Liberty Mutual: By alumni demand, we've teamed up for deals on just about anything you might want to insure. Take a look and crunch some numbers if you're in the market (or wonder if you should be).