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WSU Everett commencement speaker is CEO of Everett-based engineering firm, WSU graduate Crystal Donner

EVERETT, Wash. – May 3, 2017 – Crystal Donner, President and CEO of Everett-based civil engineering firm Perteet, Inc. and Washington State University graduate, will describe her career and life experiences as commencement speaker for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett’s spring 2017 graduates. Donner will speak in front of graduates, family and friends in the Ed Hansen Conference Center at Xfinity Arena. The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

“Crystal Donner is a perfect exemplar of a WSU graduate who has found professional success as an engineer and has made giving back to the community a priority,” says Chancellor Paul Pitre. “Her career and community impact have been an inspiration to our engineering students. It’s an honor to have her with us to inspire the next generation of engineers and professionals from WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.”

Donner has previously spoken to groups of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and Everett Community College students at events hosted by the Society of Women Engineers at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, a student-run organization. She serves the community as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Economic Alliance Snohomish County and as a member of the WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Advisory Council. She received her undergraduate degree in civil engineering from WSU in 1990 and is a licensed, professional civil engineer with more than 26 years of experience.

Pitre will preside over the ceremony. Hannah Lu Marie, president of the student body, and Michael Austin, a committee-selected student speaker, will also deliver short speeches.

Students eligible to walk at commencement include spring 2017, summer 2017 and fall 2017 graduates. A total of 70 students are eligible in four programs, including: 28 mechanical engineering; 19 integrated strategic communication; 15 electrical engineering; and eight hospitality business management.

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