Commencement speakers share advice, wisdom for the Class of 2012

From Gloria Rodriguez, a crusader for education in at-risk communities, to Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, several acclaimed speakers came together May 13 to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2012.

In the College of Liberal Arts, 427 graduates received their diplomas. Of these, 41% were male, 16% were multicultural and 14% had completed a double major. They represented 23 states, with the top six majors being biology, politics, sociology, rhetoric and media studies, psychology and anthropology.

The College of Law awarded 130 Juris Doctor (JD) and three Master of Laws (LLM) degrees, while the Atkinson Graduate School of Management awarded 91 Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees to early career and career-change students. Thirty-two of these graduates were international students representing 14 countries.

Atkinson also awarded 29 MBA degrees during the academic year to graduates of the evening MBA for Professionals program.

The Graduate School of Education will award 79 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and seven Master of Education (Med) degrees in June.

To learn more about our the Class of 2012, see our image gallery and read stories about Rafael Baptisa ’12 and other graduates, who share their reflections on the Willamette University experience.