2014 Economics Graduation Celebration

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The 2014 Department of Economics Graduation Celebration is Wednesday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the HUB ballroom. The faculty, alumni, and staff of the department are proud of the many accomplishments of the Economics Class of 2014. Congrats, grads!

Graduation Fast Facts:

  • Students completing their BA, BS, MA, or PhD degree between summer quarter 2013 and spring quarter 2014 are eligible to participate.
  • Approximately 200 students and their families are expected to attend, along with faculty, staff, and department guests, for a total audience of about 800.
  • Students are encouraged to wear cap and gown to the ceremony, along with the their degree-colored tassel: in the College of Arts & Sciences, graduates wear white for bachelor of arts and golden yellow for bachelor of science. Students may also wear honor cords, signifying department or University honors.
  • Students graduating with their PhD will wear doctoral regalia: purple gown and tam with gold tassel. The ceremonial PhD hooding will be done by chair of the department Professor Jacques Lawarrée.
  • The keynote address at the graduation ceremony is delivered by the Department of Economics Distinguished Alumnus, an honor bestowed in recognition of professional achievements and cumulative contributions that have brought personal distinction and honor to their alma mater.
  • The 2014 Economics Distinguished Alumnus is Dr. George N. Carlson, BA '64, who retired in 2008 after a career with the U.S. Treasury, Arthur Anderson, and Deloitte Tax.
  • The 139th Annual Commencement Ceremonies for the University of Washington will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Husky Stadium. The Commencement speaker is Steve Ballmer, former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.
  • This year's Gonfalonieres for the College of Arts & Sciences includes economics major Anja Speckhardt, who completed her honors thesis in economics on the effect of the availability of social services on American women’s fertility decisions, under the guidance of faculty Lecturer Melissa Knox, and presented her work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • New graduates automatically become members of EconGOLD: Graduates of the Last Decade. GOLDies are encouraged to attend a FREE celebratory BBQ on Wednesday, June 18, 6 p.m. at Gasworks Park.
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