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Extraordinary triad to speak for graduates at Spring Commencement
Published 4/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
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This weekend, thousands of students will receive their degrees in WSU’s spring commencement.

Students clad in caps and gowns will walk in commencement ceremonies Saturday at Beasley Colliseum.

The ceremonies are split up into three sections based on colleges.

The first ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. for the college of business, college of education and college of communication, according to the commencement website.

948 students will graduate in this ceremony: 845 undergraduates, 81 masters and 22 doctorates.

David Ensor, director for Voice of America, will speak at this ceremony.

“David is a superb journalist who has covered the world and has a unique perspective in a lot of different areas,” said Dean of the College of Communication Lawrence Pintak.

Ensor’s extensive career in journalism includes time reporting for National Public Radio from 1975 to 1980, as a television correspondent for ABC news from 1980 to 1998, and as a CNN national security correspondent from 1998 to 2006, according to the commencement website.

From 2006 through 2009, Esnor was the executive vice president for communications and strategy at the Mercuria Energy Group, an international energy trading and investment group. He then served as director of communications and public diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“David speaks to all of the areas of interest at this ceremony,” said Pintak.

The second ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and includes the college of agricultural, human and natural resource sciences, college of engineering and architecture, college of nursing, college of pharmacy and college of veterinary medicine.

In this ceremony, 848 students will graduate: 741 undergraduates, 60 masters and 47 doctorates.

Roger Myers, Executive Director of Electric Propulsion and Integrated Systems at Aerojet, will speak at this ceremony. Aerojet — Redmond Operations is the world's leading supplier of spacecraft propulsion systems and components, according to the website.

Myers held various supervisory and research positions at Princeton University and NASA’s Glenn Research Center. He has written over 70 publications.

Myers also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society, the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation, and the GenCorp Foundation, which focuses on STEM education initiatives.

The third ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. when 864 students will graduate from the college of arts and sciences. The graduates include 806 undergraduates, 35 masters and 23 doctorats.

Sam Sumner Reed has been invited to speak at this ceremony. Reed spent 35 of his 45-year career in elective office. Reed was Washington’s 14th Secretary of State. He served as the Thurston County auditor for five terms, Assistant Secretary of state and head of the Urban Affairs Council.

Reed worked to lower the state voting age from 21. He is also the past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State and served as an advisor to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission from 2005 to 2007.

Reed received his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his master’s in political science from Washington State University.

“Mr. Reed is a committed Cougar whose bipartisan efforts in civility in government have been a model for many,” said Daryll DeWald, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

He was honored with a Gonzaga Law Medal for his handling of the 2004 gubernatorial race. Reed launched the nation’s first state government digital archives and saved the Washington State Library, according to the commencement website.

“We are pleased Mr. Reed has agreed to serve as the 2013 Commencement Speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences which is his academic home,” said DeWald.

Commencement ceremonies are open to the public and tickets are not required.

The Lewis Alumni Center will host a Graduate BBQ Bash on Thursday, May 2 from 5-7 p.m. Food, music and door prizes will be provided. The Graduate BBQ Bash is free for spring 2012 graduates and $5 for friends and family members.

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