WOU to Welcome More Than 1,000 Grads at Commencement

Our 161st Commencement Exercises will be 10:30 a.m. on June 16, 2018. Tickets are not required to attend the event, held at McArthur Field and Stadium.

More than 1,000 graduates have signed up to participate in the Commencement ceremony, a number that continues to grow each year. Oregon Sen. Jackie Winters will give the Commencement address, and WOU President Rex Fuller will confer bachelor’s or master’s degrees on graduates.

Commencement is one of my favorite times of year as we join with families and friends to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates,” said Fuller. “It’s such an honor to send our hard-working graduates out into their futures, knowing we have prepared them well for their careers and lives as citizens.”

Several outstanding students will be recognized and will share statements during the ceremony.

  • Sara Madden (Kent, Wash.), outstanding female graduate
  • Carter Craig (Albany), outstanding male graduate
  • Alissa McAlpine (Woodinville, Wash.), outstanding graduate student
  • Janine Egan (Corvallis), outstanding nursing student (presented by OHSU School of Nursing)

Sen. Jackie Winters represents Senate District 10, an area that includes Monmouth and Independence as well as a large portion of Salem. She was first elected to the position in 2002. Prior to that, she served as a state representative for District 31 from 1998-2002. She expects to speak about the importance of opportunity.

For those unable to attend the ceremony in person, the event will be streamed live at wou.edu/livestream and will be available later to view online. Minet cable channel 717 in Monmouth-Independence (WOUTV) will broadcast the ceremony live starting at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about WOU Commencement Exercises, visit wou.edu/commencement.

Graduate demographics

  • The graduating class of 2018 totals 1,753 individuals that have earned a total of 1,767 degrees and 1,011 are attending commencement.
  • 86% of graduates are receiving a bachelor’s degree
  • 14% of graduates are receiving a master’s degree.
  • WOU’s youngest student receiving a bachelor’s degree is 18 years old.
  • WOU’s youngest student receiving a master’s degree is 22.
  • The most experienced graduate receiving a bachelor’s degree is 69 years old, while the most experienced graduates receiving their master’s degrees are 64 years old.
  • Our graduates represent:
    • 34 of 36 counties in Oregon;
    • The states of: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
    • Nine countries are represented: Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Libya, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Taiwan.
  • 14 students have completed two bachelor’s degrees.
  • 24 students receiving a bachelor’s degree have a 4.00 cumulative GPA
  • 64 students receiving a master’s degree have a 4.00 cumulative GPA
  • 155 students are graduating Summa cum laude (GPA above 3.8)
  • 126 students are graduating Magna cum laude (GPA 3.65 to 3.79)
  • 130 students are graduating Cum laude (GPA 3.5 to 3.64)

A list of graduates is included; organized alphabetically by their hometown (country, state, city, last name) and includes their degree and any academic honors earned.