The University of Portland celebrated its Commencement on Sunday, May 6 with nearly 1,200 graduates projected to earn degrees, making the Class of 2018 the largest graduating class in the University’s history. University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. conferred an anticipated 860 bachelor’s degrees and 116 master’s degrees during two commencement programs.
To accommodate the increasing number of graduates and their family members, the University held two ceremonies this year: Commencement I included graduates of the College of Arts and Science and School of Education; Commencement II included graduates of the Pamplin School of Business, Shiley School of Engineering, and School of Nursing.
Jessica Jackley, an entrepreneur focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice who is best known as a cofounder of Kiva, was the speaker at the first Commencement ceremony. Hannah Storm, an award-winning journalist, producer, and director, and a pioneer in the field of sports broadcasting for women, addressed the graduates and their guests at the second ceremony. Both women were among the recipients of honorary doctorates from the University.
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