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Submitted by The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College is proud to announce its upcoming commencement celebrations, honoring the hard work and achievements of the Class of 2024.

The main commencement event begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14 on Red Square at the Olympia Campus, rain or shine. All are welcome and no tickets are required.

In addition to the main ceremony on Friday, Evergreen is hosting many graduation celebrations throughout this week to celebrate the class of 2024 including graduate program hooding ceremonies, celebrations for graduating students who are veterans, in the Paths of Study Program, Lavender and Multicultural Advising graduations.

Muckleshoot Tribal Councilmember, Virginia Cross has been named this year’s Public Official of the Year. She will be honored at the Master of Public Administration hooding ceremony at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, June 13 at Evergreen’s House of Welcome.

Each year, the MPA program makes this award to leaders in state, local or Tribal governments or those who work in nonprofits. Cross is being honored for exemplifying the program’s motto of, “Be the Change.” For over four decades, Cross’ service in such roles as Councilmember and chairperson of the Muckleshoot Tribe and as the Director of Native Education Programs for the Auburn School district has directly benefitted students, Muckleshoot citizens and the Puget Sound region.

On Saturday, June 15, Evergreen’s Tacoma campus and the Native Pathways Program will have ceremonies for graduates from those programs. Evergreen Tacoma will begin its celebration at 1 p.m. at its campus and NPP will hold its ceremony at 5 p.m. at the House of Welcome at Evergreen’s Olympia campus.  

Because of the higher-than-normal number of visitors to The Evergreen State College for graduation festivities, parking will be free from 4 to 9 p.m. June 11-13 and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14.

Carpooling and use of Intercity Transit is encouraged. Graduates and guests driving to campus are encouraged to park in lots B and C. A shuttle will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take guests from F lot to Red Square and again from 3 to 5 p.m. to return people to their vehicles.

Motorists traveling on Evergreen Parkway near the college can expect closures to inbound traffic from 2 to 4 p.m. to allow for guests departing the commencement ceremony. Expect delays and take alternate routes if possible.

For more information about The Evergreen State College graduation celebrations visit the webpage and to learn more about the college visit evergreen.edu.

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