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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Class of 2003 is Gonzaga University’s largest ever

the Inland Register

(From the May 22, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

The weekend of May 9-11 saw the largest graduation class in Gonzaga University history. The university conferred some 750 bachelor, 430 master, 19 doctoral and 154 juris doctor degrees at its 116th commencement exercises.

Beginning commencement ceremonies was the ROTC commissioning on Friday, May 9, at Martin Centre. Keynote speaker was a GU alumnus, Lt. Gen. Richard Keller.

The next morning was the Law School commencement, with keynote speaker Jerry Spence, the Wyoming defense attorney. Spence was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Graduate School commencement was the evening of May 10, in Martin Centre. Receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree was guest speaker Rich Umbdenstock, president of Providence Health Services.

On Sunday, May 11, the undergraduate commencement began at 10 a.m. in the Spokane Arena. Featured speaker was Bowie Kuhn, former Major League Baseball Commissioner. Kuhn was awarded the DeSmet Medal, Gonzaga’s highest honor, for his long-time service to Catholic endeavors.

Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.), a Gonzaga Law School alumnus, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his leadership and the many ways in which that has enriched the state.

Also receiving honorary Doctor of Laws degrees were Julie Wildig Wells and R. Ronald Wells, the husband-and-wife real estate development team.


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