PULLMAN, Wash. — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will speak at Washington State University’s fall commencement set for 10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 14) in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

The address by Murray, a 1972 WSU graduate, will be given at the second fall commencement in the university’s 112-year history. More than 500 graduates are expected to participate in the Saturday ceremony, up from some 380 a year ago.

“Sen. Murray is a great friend of education and loyal to her alma mater,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. “Her background as a state legislator, school board member, parent and active local citizen has served our state well in the Senate. She will have words of wisdom and challenge for our graduates.”

Scott Dickinson, president of the Associated Students of WSU, also will speak, and Rawlins will preside.