Student Commencement Speaker

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Close up photo of Teresa Buchholz smiling

Teresa Buchholz, B.S., Psychology / Vancouver, WA 

Teresa’s academic pursuits include research on barriers to seeking mental health services for marginalized communities and serving as a teaching assistant for two statistics courses.  

As a member of the Seattle University Dance Team, she was selected as the outstanding rookie in her first year, served as squad leader, and appeared in a feature in The Seattle Times 

She is a head dance coach for an organization serving students with limb differences through summer camp. She continues her commitment to empowerment through her work as a model, which allows her to spread awareness about beauty within disabilities. 

After graduation, Teresa will be attending Columbia University’s graduate program in Social Work. She plans to continue her advocacy and work for systematic change for the disabled community, incarcerated youth, and for those who have consistently been silenced and overlooked. 

Graduate Student Speaker

Photo of Sarah Orihu in graduation cap and gown, smiling

Sarah Roseline Ehiedu Orihu, M.A., Couples and Family Therapy / Los Angeles, CA 

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic, Legal, & Management Communications from Howard University. Prior to moving Seattle, she was an active member of the Cornerstone Community Church, serving as events director, youth mentor, and support group facilitator.  

Sarah uses an approach of “deep and informed curiosity” in her work with clients. She has worked as a marriage and family therapy intern, client care manager, and support group facilitator for two organizations; Dream Life Out Loud, which provides adult mental health care, and Resonant Relationships, an organization that provides affirmative care for all. 

Following graduation, Sarah will continue to become a licensed Couples and Family Therapist. Her hope is to serve others now and generations to come by allowing people to be seen and heard in their experiences. 

Selection Process

Spring, one graduating senior and graduate student are selected to speak on behalf of their classes at Commencement. Applicants submit an application and video for their speech, followed by in-person auditions for finalists. Selection is made by a committee of graduating students, staff, and faculty. To be considered to speak at 2023 Commencement, please return in March 2023 for details on how to apply.