Oregon State University will graduate the largest class in the school’s 139 year history on June 15th, 2008.
From the OSU press release:
The class of 2008 will include a record 4,365 students receiving 4,586 degrees, according to OSU Registrar Kent Kuo.
Several special awards and degrees also will be presented by OSU President Ed Ray and others during the ceremony. The commencement speaker will be Helen Diggs, an Oregon State graduate who went on to become a national leader in veterinary medicine and animal welfare. She will receive an honorary doctorate from the university.
Helen Diggs, 2008 Commencement speaker
Twenty-three other former Oregon State students will receive honorary bachelorâ€™s degrees. They are among the 42 students â€“ all of Japanese ancestry â€“ who were forced to leave the university during the early years of World War II after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which sent many of them to internment camps.
There are many other great stories of this year’s graduates (and one personal one for this author as my wife completes her masters degree in public health. Way to go, sweetheart!)