I guess it's about time to post the pictures from the graduation. It was quite an impressive ceremony, the largest ever in the Oregon University System! PSU awarded approximately 5,920 degrees, including 3,825 bachelor's degrees, 1,735 master's degrees and 60 doctoral degrees. The degree recipients were each called by name to receive their degrees, and together with the speakers, it took just under three hours. Not bad! The ceremony was held at the Rose Garden Arena, where the Portland Trailblazers play, and each of the students was displayed on the jumbotron as the accepted their diplomas.
Here's Lizzie, BS History, with Honors.
And here's Pat, BS Communication Studies, Film Studies minor, with Honors.
The commencement address was given by Scott Davis, CEO of UPS and a PSU grad in 1974. His words of wisdom included: "Develop a beginner's mind. Embrace mistakes. Trust your gut. Broaden your horizons. And above all else, don't listen to the naysayers in life. They are like a wet blanket smothering your dreams."
After the ceremony we had a little party for the grads, which included
the Rutledge guys
and the Rutledge girls, with Granddad.
Lizzie's aunt made a card for her, using Granddad's college diploma on the front! How cool is that for a History major!
Pat and Lizzie in their graduation caps, gowns, and Honors regalia. Good job, kiddos!