Willamette University celebrates Class of 2013 at commencement

by University Communications,

From Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, to Paul De Muniz, a former Oregon Supreme Court justice, several notable speakers came together May 12 to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2013.

In the College of Liberal Arts, nearly 480 students received their diplomas. Of these, about 54% were female, 23% were multicultural and 12% completed a double major. They represented 29 states and four countries, with the top six majors being biology, politics, rhetoric and media studies, psychology, economics and exercise science.

The College of Law awarded 119 Juris Doctor (JD) and four Master of Laws (LLM) degrees — three in transnational law and one in dispute resolution, while the Atkinson Graduate School of Management awarded 91 Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees to early career and career-change students.

Among those who earned MBAs, 25 were international students representing 12 countries. During the academic year, Atkinson awarded 62 MBA degrees to graduates of the evening MBA for Professionals program.

Combined, the College of Law and Atkinson awarded six joint degrees (JD/MBA).

The Graduate School of Education will award 77 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and 10 Master of Education (MEd) degrees in June.

To learn more about our the Class of 2013, see our image gallery and read stories about five of this year’s graduates who share their reflections on the Willamette University experience.