More than 400 Students Earn Communication Degrees at 2018 Graduation Ceremony

On June 7, 2018, more than 400 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students gathered in The Quad to celebrate receiving degrees from the UW Department of Communication. Accomplished students proudly walked across the stage as thousands of friends and family members cheered them on, shed tears of joy, and captured photos.

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Several faculty members were on hand to make speeches, read names, and shake hands with the newly minted graduates.

J. Anthony (Tony) Angell was recognized as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. As the keynote speaker, Angell spoke about his own capacity as a communicator, and how “those particular skills were formed from the basic tools that you [students] have, from the experience that you’ve had here at the University. Do not ever forget them,” he admonished the crowd. “Because the older you get, and the more you step into the world, the greater you understand how important they are, regardless of what professional commitment you might make.”

Angell also said, “in the process of using these skills, you’re really not only stepping up to challenges, but you’re opening up further opportunities for yourself.” These opportunities extend beyond the professional, he went on to explain, as they are “locally, and at a community level, among friends, collaborators, and people. Commit to a cause… and by golly there are causes out there for us!”

He concluded his remarks by passing on his hopes for the future, as embodied through the graduating class. “I believe we live in a pretty great country, by the way. I think it needs a lot of fine-tuning, and we can make it even greater; and we will, and here’s the promise that’s stepping out to do so.”

A heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates!

Watch Angell’s full remarks below: