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Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

About 2,030 students graduated from Western Washington University in two spring Commencement ceremonies at Bellingham’s Civic Stadium June 11.

About 1,825 undergraduate and 205 master’s students were expected to graduate from Western June 11. Spring Commencement ceremonies were held off campus at Civic while the Carver Academic Building undergoes major renovation.

Photo by Amanda Raschkow / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Associated Students Productions put on its annual Lawnstock music concert this past weekend on the Communications Facility Lawn.

The free concert, on for its fourth year, featured a number of local bands.

Mary Lambert, The Flavr Blue, COSMOS, Snug Harbor and Crooked Neighbours all performed. Food trucks, games and a carnival ride were set up around the area.

Photos by Amanda Raschkow, WWU Communications and Marketing intern.

Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard and his wife, Cyndie, held an ice-cream social June 1 express their appreciation to faculty and staff.

The event, held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room, was well attended by faculty and staff hoping to wish the Shepards well in their retirement from Western.

Photos by Dan Levine / for WWU

Seth Vidaña, director of the Office of Sustainability at Western, opens the proceedings. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Students enrolled in the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio class at Western Washington University presented their projects Wednesday morning, June 1, in the Viking Union. The students have been working on projects aimed at advance Western's campus in the area of sustainability. Wednesday, they showed their work to stakeholders involved in the process of planning.

This quarter's projects:

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

For the second year, Associated Students Productions brought a petting zoo to campus to help ease students' stress as the year winds down.

WWU photographer Jonathan Williams dropped by to capture some of the action.

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Placed in the Old Main lawn this week were 152 flags in memory of 152 service members from Washington state who lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The flags are an annual tradition from the WWU Veterans Outreach Center.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30.

Following Back 2 Bellingham, M.E.Ch.A. de WWU--an Ethnic Student Center Club--hosted its 16th annual Ridin' Low in the 3-6-0 lowrider show Sunday. The free event filled Red Square with customized cars, trucks, and bikes, bringing in visitors from all over the western United States and Canada.

According to M.E.Ch.A., the founders of the show "envisioned a community event that celebrated Chicanx culture through music, dance performances, community activism, hop contests, and food."

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

The Ethnic Student Center at Western Washington University held its 25-year reunion on Friday, May 13, during Back2Bellingham.

The keynote speaker for the event was Jesse Moore, a WWU alumnus and current White House speechwriter.

Photos by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Back2Bellingham attendees enjoy lunch on the Old Main lawn at the annual event Saturday, May 14, 2016. Photo by Rhys Logan / WWU

Western Washington University held its 7th Annual Back2Bellingham reunion weekend for alumni, families, students, faculty, staff and the community this past weekend.

This year’s headliner was “Something Wonderful,” featuring Bellingham Circus Guild performers. Back2Bellingham’s 7th year also featured more than 100 reunions, tours, educational discussions, athletic events, recreational and entertainment opportunities and live music.

Attendees of the 2016 Women of Color Empowerment Dinner socialize and eat during the event. Photo by Amanda Raschkow / WWU Communications intern

On Friday, May 13, Student Outreach Services at Western Washington University held the 18th-annual Women of Color Empowerment Dinner and Silent Auction.

The dinner is designed to encourage women of diverse backgrounds to become leaders in the community. Through communication of the spoken word these women shared their stories and talents with other students, faculty, staff and community members.

The theme this year was Voices of Hope: A Beautiful Awakening.