Dear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater. The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration. June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni. On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students. We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees. These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities.
My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University. A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvements to our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni. We have improved our social media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of Governors. We have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies. As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few!
The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world. I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them. I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.
Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!
Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena. This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott.
This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies.
Congratulations to the Class of 2012!