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After hundreds of faculty and staff gathered for a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivered his annual convocation address to faculty and staff Wednesday morning.

In his address, Shepard posed several questions for Western to address as it seeks to create a brighter future for Washington.

Robert H. Brim, CEO and founder of Dealer Information Systems Corp., addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at Western’s Summer Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Carver Gymnasium.

Western Washington University and Olympic College are partnering to offer baccalaureate degrees with the creation of the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

The collaboration between Olympic College and Western Washington University is expanding as Western plans on having tenure track faculty located in Poulsbo to provide undergraduate and graduate programs on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. This expansion is part of a joint vision to serve the community and businesses on the Peninsulas.

Roughly 1,975 students graduated from Western Washington University in three spring Commencement ceremonies in Carver Gymnasium on June 15.

Main speakers were Jane Carten (’01 and ’06), president and director of Saturna Capital Corp., Will Braden (’01), a writer and filmmaker, and Shari Campbell (’83), vice president of JayRay.

On Thursday, June 13, Western Washington University dedicated the Karen W. Morse Hall, the university’s Chemistry Building renamed in honor of Western President Emerita Karen W. Morse.

A lecture hall in Western’s Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) Building named after Joe Morse, a retired WWU chemistry professor and the first director of SMATE, also was dedicated on Thursday.

Western Washington University held its fourth annual Back 2 Bellingham reunion weekend for alumni, families, students, faculty, staff and community, Friday to Sunday, May 17 to 19.