UW Board of Regents Approves Honorary Degree for UW Bothell Commencement Speaker Dr. Oscar Arias

May 16, 2013

CONTACT: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461/425-466-7467 (cell), lhall7@uw.edu

Bothell, WA – The University of Washington will confer an honorary degree upon Dr. Oscar Arias, a two-time President of Costa Rica and Nobel Laureate. Arias will be the 2013 commencement speaker at the University of Washington Bothell commencement ceremony June 16. Arias will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his remarkable and heroic contributions to world peace and prosperity.

Arias is credited for successfully convening the Presidents of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua in 1987 to agree to a peace agreement. For his tireless efforts to bringing peace to Central America, Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that same year.

Dr. Arias earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Essex in England with his provocative thesis published in 1971, “Who Rules Costa Rica?”

What: University of Washington Bothell 22nd Commencement Ceremony with speaker Nobel Laureate Dr. Oscar Arias, former President of Costa Rica
When: Sunday, June 16, 2013 – 1:45 p.m.
Where: Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena – UW Seattle

About UW Bothell: With more than 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, the college curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, and critical thinking. UW Bothell prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.

Dr. Oscar Arias