Students Diko, Oved, and Rodriguez Honored at UW Bothell’s 19th Annual Commencement Ceremony


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell held its 19th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 13, 2:00 p.m. at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Bank of America Arena, UW Seattle.

During the ceremony, the institution awarded over 800 bachelors and masters degrees and recognized students receiving their Washington State teaching certificates. Additionally, it honored its Student Commencement Speaker, Xheni Diko (who was also awarded a Chancellor’s Medal), President's Medalist, Donna Oved, and Chancellor's Medalist, Jose Santos Rodriguez.

Student Commencement Speaker
This year’s Student Commencement Speaker was Xheni Diko. Xheni was chosen for this honor because of her community service work as the 2009-10 President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell. 

Xheni, originally from Albania, and now a Monroe, WA resident, has the distinction of being UW Bothell’s first freshman as her application was the first accepted for admission when the campus began admitting freshman in 2006.

Says Xheni, “UW Bothell was the only college I applied to because it was exactly what I was looking for: a small school with a big name.”

Xheni graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an option in Global Studies and a minor in Human Rights. Post-graduation, Xheni intends to attend law school and one day hopes to work for the U.S. Department of State.

President's Medal
This year’s President’s Medalist, Donna Oved, graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an option in Accounting. 

Donna, originally from Israel, spent her early career as a member of the United States Navy working in information technology, stationed both nationally and overseas. After retiring from the service, Donna set her sights on higher education, enrolling in UW Bothell’s highly competitive business program. As a student, Donna not only compiled an impressive academic record (graduating with a 3.95 GPA) but also a wealth of experiences including an internship at The Boeing Company and part-time employment in the Career Center.

This award recognizes Donna for her exemplary academic performance, her service to our country and to the University of Washington Bothell.
Donna plans to spend the summer passing the CPA exam, and will join the Everett office of Moss Adams next fall.

Chancellor's Medal
This year's Chancellor's Medalist is Jose Santos Rodriguez who graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an option in Accounting. Jose received this honor for his academic and personal achievement.

For Jose, this degree is 20 years in the making, a journey that took him from his native El Salvador to the United States. Along the way, he mastered the English language and successfully achieved two Associate’s degrees from Everett Community College before transferring to UW Bothell.

Jose graduated with a 3.62 GPA, is a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society and is the first in his family to achieve a degree in higher education.

To commemorate this year’s momentous ceremony, UW Bothell also awarded a second Chancellor’s Medalist to Xheni Diko. She was awarded this honor for being a member of UW Bothell’s historic first freshman class and her demonstrated excellence in leadership.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.