Keynote Speaker for Commencement 2013 led a team up Mount Everest

levinelrg.pngSonoma State University will award diplomas to approximately 2,300 graduates at its annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. Keynote speaker for both ceremonies is Alison Levine, who served as the team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition. An adventurer, explorer and mountaineer, Levine has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, sudden avalanches, and a career on Wall Street.

The day historically draws more than 10,000 people to the Commencement Lawn, and will be held rain or shine.

Ceremonies are scheduled at 9 a.m. for the Schools of Education, Arts and Humanities, and Business and Economics, and at 3 p.m. for the Schools of Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.

The ceremony can be viewed live online by following a link available on Saturday on SSU's homepage.

Alison Levine serves as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. She is also an advisor to the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point and serves on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University.

She is also the founder of the Climb High Foundation, which trains jobless women in western Uganda to work as trekking guides in the Rwenzori Mountains.

A public art exhibit in various locations on the campus is titled COMMENCE: 2013 and features work by SSU art students. Materials range from plaster, wood, steel, clay, and rope to found objects and glass.


For more information, visit the commencement website at

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