Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard honored six graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 14.

Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.

Shepard presented each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:

Bodie Happy Cabiyo - Huxley College of the Environment

Former Gov. Gary Locke received an honorary doctorate and addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at one of three spring commencement ceremonies in Carver Gymnasium on June 14.

The other main speakers were scholar Douglas Massey (’74), the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and Jerry Thon (’75), vice president of Astoria Holdings.

About 1,935 students were expected to graduate from Western, including 1,775 undergraduate and 160 master’s students.

Students in Dipu Gupta's set design class at Western Washington University have been using a 3D printer to help them conceptualize various aspects of design without having to physically build a large-scale model.

"It's one of a series of things we're doing to increase the kind of technology we use," Gupta said. "Not just for the sake of technology, but also targeting in a way that will actually be useful in the careers of the future."

Forty images from the Western Gallery Collection, telling stories and offering narratives of historical and fictional events, will be on display in Wilson Library from May 30 to July 30 in a show titled “Superposition: Merging Narratives Past and Present.”

The show is free and open to the public.

Western Washington University held its annual student robot competition May 30, in conjunction with the Northwest Robot Festival in the Communications Facility on campus.

The yearly event is sponsored by the WWU College of Sciences and Technology, the WWU Department of Computer Science, the WWU Department of Engineering Technology and the Bellingham AI and Robot Society.

Jeff Augustin, a quickly rising star in theatre, is in residence at Western Washington University writing and rehearsing a new play about the decline and rebirth of Detroit.

The play, commissioned by Western, is called "Corktown," and includes live music, gospel songs, poetic text, eccentric characters, mature language, humor, performer and audience shared space, with the city of Detroit as its protagonist.

Every five months, students from Asia University in Tokyo put on a special Japan Night event for Western Washington University students.

Sophomores at Asia University in Japan spend five months studying at Western through the Asia University America Program. While at Western, the students take 20 hours of intensive English and are immersed in American culture and activities, living with WWU student roommates and exploring the Bellingham and Whatcom County communities.

Harvard professor Eric Mazur, whose innovative educational approach is credited with helping to transform college physics classes, is the first winner of the $500,000 Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education, the Minerva Academy announced.

Western Washington University held its fifth annual Back2Bellingham reunion weekend for alumni, families, students, faculty/staff and community May 16 to 18.

Back2Bellingham offers an opportunity for all WWU colleges, departments, clubs and organizations to bring potential and current students, parents and staff together to network with alumni and faculty.

Students from the Omega Beta chapter of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity at Western Washington University took pies in the face Tuesday, May 12, in Red Square.

"Midterms, they keep you inside, they make you study," said Kim Schiller, a WWU sophomore and AKPsi member. "But this is kind of a fun way to take a break and have some fun and meet new people."