June 18 marked the 41st commencement ceremony at City University of Seattle, in which graduates from 22 countries and 19 U.S. states moved up into the next chapter of their lives. Whether that next step is in the workforce or continuing an educational path, CityU grads are ready to be the change!
CityU of Seattle’s class of 2016 consisted of 1,205 graduates worldwide. The number of graduates who participated in the commencement ceremony at the CityU Seattle campus is shown below:
- 194 Undergraduate Degrees
- 324 Master’s Degrees
- 1 Doctoral degree
Keynote Speaker Alfie Alvarado
Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, delivered the keynote address at the 2016 CityU Commencement Ceremony.
Ms. Alvarado served 22 years active duty as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord. As the WDVA Director, Alfie is responsible for fostering a safe and supported transition back into civilian life.
Student Speaker Stephanie Dash
Each year, CityU nominates a student to speak at the Commencement Ceremony. This year’s choice was Stephanie Dash, B.A. Human Services.
As a mother, grandmother and student speaker, Stephanie is a true example of leadership and tenacity. She notes in her speech, “I’ve had people ask me why I’m attending college at my age and I say, ‘Why not?’”
Ms. Dash is looking forward to earning a Master of Arts in Counseling at CityU of Seattle.
President Carter: Honorary Doctorate of Education in Leadership
City University of Seattle President, Richard Carter, who will be retiring at the end of this month, presided over his final commencement ceremony.
During the ceremony, President Carter was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education in Leadership as an expression of gratitude and admiration from the board of trustees and the entire CityU community.
Under President Carter’s leadership, CityU earned accreditations at the doctoral level as well as with ABET and CACREP. CityU also gained notoriety for excellence in online learning by ranking #27 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report.