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Countdown to commencement

Written by Casey Corr (SU News Release)
June 9, 2010

Seattle University celebrates 2,408 graduates this Spring – 1,112 undergraduates, 955 graduate students and 341 law students – representing one of the most diverse graduating classes in the Pacific Northwest. Almost half of graduates represent communities of color, and 17 percent are the first in their family to earn a degree. Far exceeding the national statistics, students of color and first generation students at SU have the same graduation rate, or better, than the general student population. Nationally, there is a 13 percent gap.

Except for the School of Law, which held its ceremony in May, graduation ceremonies will take place Sunday, June 13, at KeyArena. Honorary degree recipients Cheryl Crazy Bull, president of Northwest Indian College, and Bob Craves, CEO and co-founder of College Success Foundation, will speak. The undergraduate event starts at 9:30 a.m., featuring honoree Bob Craves; the graduate event starts at 3 p.m., featuring honoree Cheryl Crazy Bull.

Seattle University is the largest independent university in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle University Class of 2010*

First generation college graduates -17 percent

Ethnicity – 47 percent Caucasian, 20 percent Asian, 8 percent Latino, 5 percent Black, 2 percent Native American, 12 percent international, 6 percent multicultural or unknown

Faith – 33 percent Catholic, 67 percent non-Catholic

Gender – 61 percent female, 39 percent male


Top ten majors for undergraduates - 1) Nursing, 2) Finance, 3) Psychology, 4) Accounting, 5) Marketing, 6) Criminal Justice, 7) Biology, 8) International Business, 9) International Studies, 10) Political Science

Top ten majors for graduate students – 1) Business Administration, 2) Teacher Education, 3) Public Administration, 4) Sports Administration and Leadership, 5) Counseling, 6) Nursing, 7) Organizational Design and Renewal, 8) Criminal Justice, 9) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 10) Student Development Administration

Home states – 60 percent Washington, 8 percent California, 5 percent Hawaii, 4 percent Oregon, 2 percent Montana, 2 percent Idaho

Citizenship - 61 graduates  from Indonesia, 10 from Taiwan, 8 from Hong Kong, 8 from China, 8 from  Vietnam, 8 from  Japan, 7 from Mexico, 6 from Canada, 5 from Thailand, 5 from Saudi Arabia

*Most statistics refer to undergraduates only, unless otherwise noted.