TACOMA, Washington – Women's lacrosse senior Elena Becker, who is a three-time All-Northwest Conference defender and a scholar-athlete, has been invited to speak during the University of Puget Sound's commencement on Sunday, May 14.
"Truthfully, I am honored," Becker said about the opportunity to speak during the celebration for the Class of 2017. "The Class of 2017 is an incredible group of people, with extraordinary breadth of interests and skills. Over the last four years I have seen my peers size up and scale mountains (literally and figuratively), excel in a terrific variety of undertakings, and commit to both daunting and minuscule undertakings, simply because it was the right thing to do. Having five minutes to represent that amount of drive and passion is humbling, and I'm looking forward to it."
via University of Puget Sound:
Commencement speaker Elena Becker, from Bellevue, Wash., will graduate with a major in Sociology and Anthropology and a minor in French studies, with an emphasis in Global Development. She is a student in the Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Program. Elena has been a starting defender on the varsity lacrosse team and an Orientation leader, and has served on the Board of Trustees Finance and Facilities Committee, the Associate Vice President for Admission Search Committee, the Student Life Committee, the Orientation Planning Committee, and the Presidential Inauguration Academic Subcommittee. Elena has also worked with prospective students and families in the Office of Admission. In 2015 Elena studied in Malaysian Borneo during a Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) field course, and with Summer Research Grant funding studied the impacts of cultural tourism on indigeneity. She studied for a semester in Madagascar with the School for International Training, researching the impact of wood-fuel and alternative-fuel cook stoves in rural areas. She presented her research projects at the Society for Applied Anthropology's annual conferences in 2016 and 2017, and in 2016 her Madagascar research was awarded second place in the Society for Applied Anthropology's Peter K. New Award paper competition, an award traditionally conferred upon graduate level theses and dissertations. Elena's Commencement address is titled, "Looking Back and Moving Forward."