Graduates of Color Celebration

The Graduates of Color Celebration recognizes our talented students of color to Puget Sound and honors their diverse backgrounds and journeys to a joyous completion of their studies. These graduates join us at this celebration, together with those who nurtured them, struggled with them, taught them, learned from them, were inspired by their determination, and now applaud their victories.

Past Speakers & Keynotes include:

  • 2019 Keynote by Jung Kim, Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Ph.D. 
  • 2018 Keynote by Brittney Jackson, Assistant Director of Admissions, Multicultural Recruitment
  • 2017 Keynote by Tyler Pau, Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • 2016 Keynote by Renee Sims, JD, MFA
  • 2015 Keynote by Oriel Siu, Ph.D.
  • 2014 Keynote by Michael Benitez, Chief Diversity Officer
  • 2013 Keynote by Mayor Marilyn Strickland
  • 2012 Keynote by Yusuf Word, '09
  • 2011 Keynote Address by Antonio Gomez, '93
  • 2010 Keynote Address by Jill Nishi '89, University Trustee
  • 2010 Speeches by Jimmy Ivory '10, Drew Shannon '10 and Grace Livingston, Ph.D.
  • 2009 Speeches by Nikki Wright '09 and Tashi Chogyal '09
  • 2007 Speeches by Pooja Bhattacharyya '07 and Tyesha Green '07
  • 2007 Student Singer Lauren Furuya '07
  • 2006 Keynote Address by Nancy Bristow, Ph.D.
  • 2006 Speeches by Twina Franklin '06, Leiana Jagolino '06 and Lars Mitsuda '06
  • 2005 Speeches by Casey Baulne '05 and Demetria Batdorf '05
  • 2004 Speeches by Jessica Humann '04, Eric Mwiti '04 and Kelly Tran '04
  • 2003 Speeches by Melissa Dutton '03 and Jenny Saiki '03