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Western Washington University grounds crew members Tyler Holladay and Evan Bossert can be seen around campus -- and on Instagram -- pruning and shaping Western's prodigious tree collection.

Here, they work on a poplar tree in front of Wilson Library.

Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU

Anne Cooper, vice president for the Sammons Financial Group, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at Western’s fall Commencement ceremony Dec. 13 in Carver Gymnasium.

Approximately 681 undergraduates and about 44 master’s candidates received degrees this quarter.

The annual Western Washington University holiday celebration took place on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on campus.

The celebration will include a 50/50 drawing in which 50 percent of proceeds benefit the WWU Employee Distinguished Scholarship and 50 percent were given to winning ticket holder Cindy Monger, a program assistant with Student Activities.

Western Washington University students staged a die-in protest in Red Square on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. According to a Facebook event post announcing the demonstration, the event was held in response to the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.

Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU

The lighting of the giant Sequoia near Edens Hall is an annual tradition at Western Washington University that goes back as long as most folks can remember. Some remember it at least as far back as 1967.

The laborious annual process results in 14,000 LED lights along the tree, which is visible from downtown Bellingham. The tree's height was last estimated in 2009 at 131 feet.

The lights were turned on at midnight Thanksgiving night and will remain up through the end of the year.

Future Woodring Scholars, freshman students at Western Washington University considering pursuing degrees in teaching and education, gathered for a mixer event Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Miller Hall Room 5 on Western’s campus.

The mixer was organized to allow students from two separate cohorts of the Future Woodring Scholars program to meet each other and discuss how the program is going.

Western Washington University students, faculty and staff gathered in Red Square Tuesday to observe a moment of silence and to hear several speeches as they processed the goings on in Ferguson, Mo., over the past few months.

The lighting of the giant Sequoia near Edens Hall is an annual tradition at Western Washington University that goes back as long as most folks can remember. Some remember it at least as far back as 1967.

The laborious annual process results in 14,000 LED lights along the tree, which is visible from downtown Bellingham. The tree's height was last estimated in 2009 at 131 feet.

The lights officially will be turned on at midnight Thanksgiving night.

President Shepard and the President’s Task Force for Diversity Equity and Inclusion invited students, faculty and staff to a Cultural Consciousness Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 10 in VU 565.