Honoring Grads, Social Justice Heroes

Commencement ceremony celebrates honorary degree recipients and inspires graduates
By Stacy Howard
Grad 2011
Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor


Seattle University celebrates graduation this weekend, by honoring local and international social justice heroes. The honorary undergraduate degree recipients are 15 former Japanese American students who were forced to leave SU in 1942 during WWII. Their educations were disrupted by their unjust removal and incarceration.   

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tun Channareth will receive the honorary graduate degree. When Channareth stepped on a landmine as a resistance soldier near the Thai-Cambodian border in 1982, the explosion took his legs. He has spent the years since, traveling the world (in his homemade wooden wheelchair) advocating for a ban on landmines. He became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 and is the official ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He continues his humanitarian work by building and delivering wheelchairs to landmine victims throughout Cambodia.   

This year’s honorary degree recipients were chosen because of their alignment with SU’s mission: Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.   

More than 2,000 students will earn their degrees from SU this year.   

WHEN: Sunday June 12, 2011 
            9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Undergraduate Ceremony 
            3-5 p.m., Graduate Ceremony  

WHERE: Key Arena 
             334 1st Ave. N.  
             Seattle, WA  

For more information on commencement, including the honorary degree recipients visit: http://www.seattleu.edu/commencement/Default.aspx?id=25030 



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