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Gonzaga University

Commencement 2024

Gonzaga University’s 131st commencement ceremony honors the achievements of the class of 2024!

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Congratulations Class of 2024!

Commencement weekend memories are precious, and sharing them through photos and videos is a wonderful way to celebrate.

Our Distinguished Speakers & Honorees

Edward Taylor, Jr., Ph.D. is on the board of trustees and regents for Gonzaga University.

Ed Taylor, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

As vice provost and dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the University of Washington, Dr. Taylor prepares undergraduates to serve as leaders in their communities, and has addressed inequities to improve access to higher education. He will be awarded a honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Angelique Albert, CEO of Native Forward Scholars Fund

Angelique Albert, MBA
Graduate Commencement Speaker

Ms. Albert is the CEO of the Native Forward Scholars Fund, the largest provider of direct scholarships to Native students in the United States, and is an accomplished artist for Native culture. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Dr. Robert M. Gates, Former Secretary of Defense

Robert Gates, Ph.D.
Law Commencement Speaker

After having served in high-profile roles for seven presidential administrations, including director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Dr. Gates became president of Texas A&M University and chancellor of the College of William & Mary. He will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Marianne Poxleitner is on the board of regents for Gonzaga University.

Marianne Poxleitner, Ph.D.
President's Award of Distinction

Faculty President
April 2020 - May 2024

Whitney Franklin

Whitney Franklin
President's Award of Distinction

Staff Assembly President
June 2020 - December 2023

Minnie Alexander, J.D., 2024 Gonzaga Law Medal Honoree

Minnie Alexander, J.D.
Gonzaga Law Medal

Ms. Alexander is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) with a robust career in service to large corporations. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Rachel Gotvald, Undergraduate Commencement 2024 Student Speaker

Rachel Gotvald
Undergraduate Commencement
Student Speaker

Bachelor of Arts, Honors

Tracy Madden-McMahon

Tracy Madden-McMahon
Graduate Commencement
Student Speaker

Master of Arts

Ben Johnsrud, Law Commencement Student Speaker

Ben Johnsrud
Law Commencement
Student Speaker

Juris Doctor

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