commencement address | uw dept. of HCDE | 2017



In 2017 I was honored to give the Commence Address to the graduates of the University of Washington's Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering. The graduating class of 2017 was approximately 150 undergrads, Master's, and Ph.D. graduates and their families (the total audience was approximately 500). 

my role

I wrote and performed the speech!


  1. recognize the graduates for their hard work!

  2. bridge the graduates' academic work to the professional world they are about to join

  3. make the speech memorable (tall order); avoid boring people


my speech


Here's the speech announcement.


And here's a video of the speech itself:


And finally, here's a link to the speech in its entirety. I know, I know, why would one wish to read a speech? Because this one is more like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style book than a traditional graduation speech. Take a read!

A photo of me in front of the faculty (and students).

A photo of me in front of the faculty (and students).