Visit experience.wsu.edu to view videos of previous WSU Commencement ceremonies.
Linked files are in pdf format.
The following leaders and role models have addressed WSU graduates at Commencement.
Phyllis J. Campbell
Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Former Butch T. Cougar, member of the Class of 2015, and avid martial artist
President emeritus and professor emeritus, Montana State University
Chief executive officer, Alaska Air Group and its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air
President and CEO, Lasergen Inc.
President, Harsch Investment Properties, and philanthropist
Owner, Landmark Turf and Native Seed
Elson S. Floyd
Director of program management, Yahoo
Elson S. Floyd
Director, Voice of America
Executive director, electric propulsion and integrated systems, Aerojet
Sam Sumner Reed
Former secretary of state, Washington State
Associate dean, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, and spring wheat breeder
Governor Chris Gregoire
Brigadier General Julie Bentz, Ph.D.
Dean and professor emeritus, Washington State University
Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
Admiral John S. Redd
Vice admiral of the U.S. Navy and the first Senate-confirmed director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Microsoft General Counsel and leader of the company’s Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and football player
Mickey S. Urdea
Co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Tethys Bioscience
Executive director, Washington Global Health Alliance
William Julius Wilson
Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University
Vice chair and chair-elect of the Seattle Foundation board, chair of the White Center Making Connections Partners Group, and vice chair of Thrive by Five
Theodor P. Baseler
President and chief executive officer, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Chief executive officer, Proofpoint Inc.