Remarks by Washington Senator Maria Cantwell during one of Washington State University’s Spring 2002 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11, will be available via satellite mid afternoon. (Details about the commencement ceremonies follow the uplink information.)

Saturday May 11, 2002


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WSU Commencement Ceremonies Ready for Saturday, May 11

PULLMAN, Wash. — Nearly 1,730 undergraduates, 125 master’s and 77 doctoral candidates are expected to participate in the 106th annual spring commencement ceremonies May 11 at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

President V. Lane Rawlins will confer degrees at the ceremonies, scheduled for three separate times throughout the day to accommodate the thousands of friends and family members expected to attend.

The ceremony for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, College of Engineering and Architecture, College of Pharmacy, College of Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine will begin at 8 a.m. at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

The ceremony for College of Liberal Arts will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the ceremony for the College of Business and Economics, College of Education and College of Nursing is set for 3 p.m.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., will speak at the 8 a.m. ceremony; Maria Cantwell, U.S. senator for Washington state will speak at 11:30 a.m.; and Robert C. Bates, WSU provost, will speak at 3 p.m.

Pinstrup-Andersen received the 2001 World Food Prize for his contributions to improve agricultural research, food policy and the lives of the poor. For three decades, he has conducted vital research on nutrition policy and economics of technological change. His life’s work has been devoted to helping those most afflicted by poverty and severe malnutrition gain access to food.

Cantwell has served as a U.S. senator since 2001. She also served in the Washington state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. During her term in the House, she supported landmark legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act and a deficit reduction plan. She is well-regarded by those in technology for fighting against archaic export restrictions on software encryption products. Before serving as senator, Cantwell joined the software start-up Progressive Networks in 1995, now a leader in Internet media technology known as RealNetworks.

Bates joined WSU as provost in January. Before that he led Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s largest college. He was instrumental in fostering cross-disciplinary instruction and research teams in the college and across the university that also extended to outreach, including service-learning and international program development. He also was a strong supporter of diversity, developing a revised faculty-hiring plan that addressed the college’s diversity issues. Bates is a WSU alumnus, earning a master’s degree in bacteriology and public health in 1969.