Fall Commencement 2012

Western Today staff
Monday, December 17, 2012 - 11:00am

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New graduate Megan Runkel celebrates after walking across the stage. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU
New graduate Megan Runkel celebrates after walking across the stage. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU

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The Commencement Speaker was Simon Blackwell, vice president of Technology and Digital Gaming at Wizards of the Coast LLC and a Distinguished Alumnus of Western. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU
The Commencement Speaker was Simon Blackwell, vice president of Technology and Digital Gaming at Wizards of the Coast LLC and a Distinguished Alumnus of Western. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU

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Virginia Wright, center, received the President's Award -- with her late husband, Bagley Wright -- for contributions to public art in the Pacific Northwest. At right is Wright's son Charles Wright of Seattle. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU
Virginia Wright, center, received the President's Award -- with her late husband, Bagley Wright -- for contributions to public art in the Pacific Northwest. At right is Wright's son Charles Wright of Seattle. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU

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The student commencement speaker, Brandi Widenmeyer, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Conservation.
The student commencement speaker, Brandi Widenmeyer, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Conservation.

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Bellingham firefighter G. Todd Lagestee of Bellingham was among the 615 undergraduates and 45 master's candidates receiving degrees fall quarter. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU
Bellingham firefighter G. Todd Lagestee of Bellingham was among the 615 undergraduates and 45 master's candidates receiving degrees fall quarter. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU

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Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU
Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU

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Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU
Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU

Simon Blackwell, vice president of Technology and Digital Gaming at Wizards of the Coast LLC and an alumnus of Western Washington University, addressed graduates and their families at Western’s fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. in Carver Gym.

Seattle art patrons Virginia Wright and her husband, the late Bagley Wright, received the President’s Award for their significant contributions to public art in the Pacific Northwest, particularly to Western Washington University and the nationally renowned Outdoor Sculpture Collection.

Graduating senior Brandi Widenmeyer, an Environmental Conservation major from Bellingham, gave the student commencement address.

Watch the full ceremony or just the highlights online.

Approximately 615 undergraduates and about 45 master’s candidates received degrees this quarter. 

The ceremony’s main speaker, Simon Blackwell, is vice president of Technology and Digital Gaming at Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro and the home of Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering and many other role-playing games. Blackwell graduated from Western in 1984 with a degree in Philosophy and in 2010 was named a Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The student commencement speaker, Brandi Widenmeyer, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Conservation. Widenmeyer, of Bellingham, also holds an Associate in Technical Arts degree from Skagit Valley College and hopes to incorporate her love of botany into her conservation work. 

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New graduate Megan Runkel celebrates after walking across the stage. Photo by Daniel L. Levine | for WWU