Microsoft's Chief Experience Officer to speak at WWU summer commencement

Julie Larson-Green, chief experience officer for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group, will address Western Washington University graduates and their families in two summer commencement ceremonies in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage on Aug. 22.

The first commencement ceremony at, 9 a.m., will include students from the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the American Cultural Studies Program, Huxley College of the Environment and the Graduate School. A 12:30 p.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Woodring College of Education and the Graduate School.

Larson-Green grew up in Maple Falls and is a 1986 graduate of Western in Business Administration. She has worked at Microsoft for more than 20 years, leading teams that transformed Microsoft Office and the Windows operating system, according to a press release from Western.

Earlier this year, the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology gave Larson-Green a 2015 Women of Vision Leadership Award, citing her “remarkable ability to unify leaders and teams to a single mission.” She is a former member of the Western Foundation Board of Directors and was a keynote speaker in May at Western’s Leadership Forum in Seattle.

Approximately 360 undergraduates and about 45 master’s candidates will receive degrees this quarter. Admission to the commencement ceremony is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets. Overflow seating also will be available on campus.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Whaqtcom County Comcast Cable Channel 26 and streamed live at

For more information or for disability accommodations contact the Registrar’s Office, (360) 650-3701.

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