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.