Willamette Academy Celebrates the Class of 2009

Willamette Academy, Willamette University's college access program for underrepresented middle- and high-school students, will celebrate its third graduating class in a ceremony Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Fourteen students make up the academy's class of 2009. All of them are expected to enroll in college in the fall, including three who plan to attend Willamette. Their other colleges will include Western Oregon University, Oregon State University and Chemeketa Community College.

Willamette Academy is a supplemental education program for economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students from the Salem-Keizer School District. Through academic instruction, ongoing mentoring and tutoring, and experiential service-learning projects in the community, the academy helps students become the first in their families to enter and graduate from a college or university. Students and their families commit to the program for five years, from the end of their seventh grade year through their graduation from high school.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception in Rogers. RSVP is requested at 503-370-6085 or Learn more about Willamette Academy at