Graduation weekend

WWU commencement ceremony to cap June 10–12 graduation activities

Walla Walla University commencement will take place Sunday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m. on the WWU Centennial Green. The events on Sunday will cap weekend events that begin Friday, June 10, at 1 p.m.

The commencement speaker will be Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year from Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington. Charbonneau teaches chemistry, physics, engineering, and robotics. In addition to his 2013 national recognition, he has been recognized at the local and state level, and in 2015 was one of 50 international finalists for the Global Teacher Prize. Charbonneau’s most recent degree is a master of education degree from Central Washington University.

Charbonneau believes that while rigorous content is a part of a solid education, it is through the development of positive relationships that learning excels. The title of his commencement address is “Heroes Rising.”

Weekend event highlights include:

Consecration, University Church
Friday, June 10, 8 p.m.

The senior class will present music and the spoken word at the evening vespers program.

Baccalaureate, University Church
Saturday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Kerry Heinrich, chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Medical Center, will speak for each of the two baccalaureate services. Heinrich provides strategic leadership for and oversees the day-to-day operations of the six hospitals that together form Loma Linda University Medical Center. He also serves as executive vice president for hospital affairs of Loma Linda University Health. Kerry has a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in business with an emphasis in finance and management from Walla Walla University. He earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and has specialized in healthcare law.

Commencement, Centennial Green
Sunday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.

Jeffrey Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, will speak.

For a complete schedule of graduation weekend events and to watch a live stream of commencement, visit For further information, contact the Office of the President at (509) 527-2066 or send email to

Posted June 7, 2016

Walla Walla University was founded in 1892. Today, nearly 125 years later, WWU students number more than 1800 and choose from more than 100 areas of study in liberal arts, technical, and professional programs on five WWU campuses throughout the Northwest.