Student smiling and waving at commencement.

2022 Commencement

Smiling graduates prepare for the ceremony.

Congratulations 2022 Graduates!

Thanks to all who participated in and contributed to this year’s Commencement ceremonies, honoring the achievements of the Class of 2022 and welcoming back the Class of 2020 Alumni on May 7 and 8.  All Ceremonies were live-streamed and we invite you to watch the video recordings here.  Check out video recordings, ceremony photos and more.

2022 Commencement Weekend Recap

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Students congratulated each other.

Our Distinguished Speakers & Honorees

Gloria Nevarez, J.D. West Coast Conference Commissioner


Law Speaker & Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

Gloria Nevarez serves as the Commissioner of the West Coast Conference. Nevarez is one of nine female conference commissioners currently serving in Division I Athletics and is the first Latin American to ascend to the commissioner's chair in Division I. She is currently serving on the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, a group responsible for Division I men’s basketball policy, as well as the NCAA Transfer Working Group.

Other Speakers & Honorees

Professor Inga Laurent speaking on behalf of faculty and Chloe Sykes sharing remarks on behalf of graduates. Former Washington Attorney General and Governor Christine Gregoire (’77 J.D.) will receive the Law Medal.

Terry Payne, Businessman and Philanthropist


Graduate Speaker & Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Businessman and Philanthropist

Terry Payne, longtime Gonzaga University supporter and dear friend generously provides opportunities and care for others through philanthropic support with particular attention to the needs of students from Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Payne built a successful career and business in the insurance industry.

Other Speakers & Honorees

Chelsea Michielsen, receiving a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner degree, speaks on behalf of students. Entrepreneurs Walt and Karen Worthy will receive honors.

Angela Jones, J.D., Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Educator


Undergraduate Speaker & Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Educator

Angela Jones is a Gonzaga alumni with a J.D. from Gonzaga School of Law. Jones’ years of professional experiences, which revolve around passion, service and leadership, led her to the role of chief executive officer of the nonprofit Washington STEM. This organization creates solutions and partnerships that bolster educational opportunities, especially for students often underrepresented in these fields.

Other Speakers & Honorees

Holocaust resistance fighter Carla Peperzak will receive honors. Charlotte Low, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, speaks on behalf of students.

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