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Commencement 2014

Threatening rainclouds (and even the occasional thunder) were no match for nearly 200 grads and their families who came to celebrate.

10390136_10202419997446051_5466183771429647052_nThe gathering rainclouds and even a few booms of thunder did nothing to dampen the excitement of the Economics Class of 2014 as they celebrated Commencement Day.

Students and their families piled onto the East Lawn of the Law Center, prepared with the full range of items for the weather: sunscreen, umbrellas, and even the occasional rain boots. It was all put to use, with a mix of raindrops, blazing sunshine and lightning flashes along the distant hills.

Nearly 200 of the 300-plus Economics undergrads were on hand to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. And unlike the day’s weather, their future prospects look bright. According to commencement speaker Tim Duy, this year’s graduates would be transitioning into a more favorable job market than those from recent graduating classes.

In addition, Duy noted that a number of grads in attendance were already working or had accepted job offers, for companies including Palo Alto Software, Earthbound Farms, Columbia Distributing, Intel, KeyBank, and ECONorthwest.

The Economics Department also congratulated six PhD students and twelve Master’s students, and awarded a number of department awards, including:

  • Ben Fitch-Fleischmann—GTF Teaching Award, 2014 Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • John Voorheis—PhD Research Paper Award
  • Ben Fitch-Fleischmann—Mikesell Research Paper Award
  • Brad Zukerman—Individual Undergraduate Honors Paper Award
  • Matthew Davis and Andrea Vedder—Group Undergraduate Honors Paper Award
  • Les Cole Sutera—Undergraduate “Most Valuable Player” Award
  • Danial Moas—Most Inspiring Economics Graduate

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Photographs courtesy of Colleen O’Malley and Jaimee Crouse