Seattle, WA – Antioch University Seattle (AUS) is proud to welcome award-winning journalist Mark Wright of Seattle’s KING 5 News as our 2016 Commencement Speaker. Mr. Wright is currently a nighttime news anchor at KING 5 News. Prior to that, he co-anchored the #1-rated KING 5 Morning News in Seattle. He has won two Emmy awards for his work as a documentary producer and hard news reporter.
Also scheduled to speak at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony are the recipient of this year’s Horace Mann Award, Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa, and this year’s AUS Distinguished Alumni Award winner Nicola Tannion MA, PhDc.
Senator Hasegawa, a lifelong resident of Washington State’s 11th District, is currently a senator for this district in the Washington State Senate. Prior to his service as senator, he represented the 11th district in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2005 to 2012. Antioch University Seattle has an ongoing mission of social justice, and Senator Hasegawa is a labor and social justice activist. Senator Hasegawa is also a 2003 graduate of Antioch University Seattle’s Bachelor of Arts program, and was the 2012 recipient of the Antioch University Seattle Distinguished Alumni Award!
Nicola Tannion is a graduate of Antioch University Seattle’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, with an emphasis in Psychology and Spiritual Studies. She is currently a PhD student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in their Mythological Studies program, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. This spring she conceived of and co-produced the Irish Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration, which was proudly hosted by Antioch University Seattle. In addition to creating the event, Ms. Tannion also gave a lecture at the event titled “Women of the Rising” and moderated a panel discussion at the event which featured Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray, Irish Vice Consul Kevin Byrne, as well as many university professors and religious leaders.
All three of these notables are scheduled to speak at this year’s Antioch University Seattle Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Town Hall Seattle.