Willamette University celebrates Class of 2014 at commencement

by University Communications,

From author and historian Taylor Branch to Amanda Marshall JD ’95, the U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, several notable speakers united May 11 to celebrate the victories of the Class of 2014.

In the College of Liberal Arts, nearly 380 students participated in commencement. Of these, about 58% were female, 29% were multicultural and 13% completed more than one major. They represented 23 states and three countries — including the United States — with the top six majors being biology, politics, chemistry, psychology, economics and English.

The College of Law awarded 122 Juris Doctor (JD) and three Master of Laws (LLM) degrees — two in transnational law and one in dispute resolution, while the Atkinson Graduate School of Management awarded 100 Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees to early career and career-change students.

Among those who earned MBAs, 39 were international students representing 18 countries, including the United States. During the academic year, Atkinson awarded 49 MBA degrees to graduates of the evening MBA for Professionals program.

Combined, the College of Law and Atkinson awarded six joint degrees (JD/MBA).

The Graduate School of Education anticipates awarding 46 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and six Master of Education (MEd) degrees in June. 

To learn more about our the Class of 2014, see our image gallery and read stories about four of this year’s graduates who share their reflections on the Willamette University experience.