Virtual celebration honors graduates

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  • Mosaic of black and white head shots of Willamette graduates from all three colleges.
    This mosaic of graduates from all three of Willamette University's colleges set the stage for the video celebration.
  • Melissa Joe speaks to the MBA graduates
    Melissa Joe '20, president of the Atkinson Student Association, told the class, “I know this isn’t how we pictured our graduation … but we have done some amazing things over the last two years and have made great memories.”
  • Law speaker at podium in front of law school
    Hon. Meagan Flynn '89, associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, addressed the Willamette University College of Law Class of 2020.
  • Binder speaks to CAS graduates from home via Zoom
    Alexandra Binder '20, a biology and Chinese double major, spoke to the College of Arts and Sciences on Sunday, saying, “We are not alone. We are finally at the finish line — after countless late nights and a few too many Bistro cookies, our undergrad career is complete.”
  • Mosaic of singers and musicians singing and playing
    The Willamette Singers dedicated its performance to the Class of 2020. “Our wish for each of you is that the path ahead of you will be filled with ‘Green lights, and open road, and endless skies of blue.’”

More than 500 students representing three schools — the College of Arts and Science, Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the College of Law — graduated from Willamette University on Sunday. 

The university held virtual ceremonies and celebrations during this unprecedented time of stay-home orders. Each event was highlighted an invocation by Chaplain Karen Wood, a guest speaker and a presentation of the class. 

Separate events recognized Distinguished Senior Awards, a Phi Beta Kappa induction, a multi-faith celebration and graduating LGBTQ students and students of color. An online meet and greet with faculty was also available. 

Willamette celebrated about 349 undergraduates and featured speaker Alexandra Binder ’20. 

AGSM recognized 119 graduates, including those in the new Data Science for Professionals program, and featured speaker Melissa Joe ’20, president of the Atkinson Student Association.  

The College of Law honored about 108 graduates and featured speaker Meagan A. Flynn ’89, associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

Willamette Academy recognized 28 graduates and about 10 have so far committed to the university this fall. 

Emeriti Faculty

  • Director of Choral Activities Wallace Long, Jr. — 36 years of service
  • Professor and Director of the Debate Union Robert Trapp — 29 years of service
  • Professor of Law Vincent Chiappetta — 22 years of service
  • Maynard and Bertha Wilson Professor of Law David S. Clark — 18 years of service
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