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CWU Celebrates 29th Commencement Ceremony at ShoWare Center

This June, more than 300 Wildcats from Central Washington University’s three Puget Sound-area University Centers will receive degrees at ShoWare Center in Kent. CWU President James L. Gaudino will preside over the ceremonies.

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, graduates from CWU-Lynnwood, at Edmonds Community College; CWU-Des Moines, at Highline Community College; and CWU-Pierce County, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, as well as graduates from online degree programs, will take part in the commencement ceremony.

Grammy Award-winner and CWU alumnus, Michael “The Wanz” Wansley, will sing the National Anthem.

J. Christopher Lytle, executive director of the Port of Oakland, California, and 1979 alumnus of CWU’s North Central Campus, will give the commencement address. With more than 40 years in the shipping industry, Lytle is internationally recognized as a leading authority on ports, marine terminals, and container shipping.

Tony Brito will be the student speaker. Brito will receive his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management, an online degree program, from CWU-Pierce County.

As they have since 2013, the Clan Gordon Pipers will provide a rousing escort for graduates at the Kent commencement.

For more information about the 2018 Commencement, including parking, seating, and services, please go to

University Centers
For more than 40 years, CWU has met the educational needs of time- and place-bound students with six University Centers statewide. Affiliated with community colleges, the University Centers offer upper division courses in selected degree areas. They are designed to serve the needs of students who desire a bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and may need accommodation for family and work obligations.

In addition to the centers named above, there are CWU-Yakima, at Yakima Valley College; CWU-Moses Lake, at Big Bend Community College; and CWU-Wenatchee, at Wenatchee Valley College. There are also two instructional centers, in Sammamish and on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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