2012 Commencement Address: Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Congressman Earl Blumenauer delivers the 2012 Commencement Address as the class of 2012 are awarded their BFA and MFA degrees.

PNCA proudly graduates over 100 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students from nine undergraduate and two graduate programs. The 2012 Commencement Address will be delivered by Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

About the Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony at the Tiffany Center generally runs from 4-6:00 pm. Graduates need to arrive at 3pm for the class photo. Tickets are not necessary and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. If any guest uses a wheelchair, please let Rachael Allen (rallen@pnca.edu) know ahead of time.

About the Reception
Following the Commencement Ceremony, there will be a reception for the various thesis exhibitions with light snacks. The reception runs until 9pm.

About Earl Blumenauer
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his career to public service.

While still a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and Chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78.

He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, creating a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy, and economically secure.
A leading environmental advocate both in Oregon and Congress, Congressman Blumenauer has authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming, clean our nation’s water bodies, and many others. He has worked on specific bills such as The Little Sandy Protection Act (2001) which enhances and protects the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit, the source of drinking water for the Portland metropolitan area.

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