Washington Post's Meg Greenfield To Address 9,000 UW Graduates

Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Meg Greenfield will be the guest speaker at the UW's 122nd Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, June 14, in Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Greenfield won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1978. She is also a columnist for Newsweek, where she writes mostly about life in Washington, D.C.

A native of Seattle, Greenfield went to the Bush School and later graduated from Smith College in 1952. She was also a Fulbright scholar at Cambridge University.

Greenfield will speak at both ceremonies. Graduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to the 10 a.m. ceremony. Natural sciences majors from the college and all other graduates may attend the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

Students who have completed their degrees since last year's ceremonies are eligible to attend. "I think the number of graduates this year will be very similar to last year at the Seattle campus," says UW Registrar W.W. (Tim) Washburn. Last year 9,254 students graduated.

"Most enrollment growth at the Seattle campus is in freshman and sophomore years, with juniors and seniors in a steady state. We should see significant growth in degrees awarded in two years," Washburn adds. The UW already has the highest six-year graduation rate of any public college or university in the state. More than 90 percent of its freshmen return for their sophomore year.

The UW Tacoma Commencement takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, at the University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse. Officials expect 320 students to graduate.

The UW Bothell Commencement will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 15, in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The guest speaker is Wellesley Professor Peggy McIntosh, who teaches in the college's Center for Research on Women. About 345 students will graduate from UW Bothell.

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