2018 Graduation

Please mark your calendar for the week of March 19-23, 2018 to join us at the Environmental Learning Center as we celebrate the Sixteenth Cohort of graduate students' completion of their Master of Environmental Education and Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Natural History!

In partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, North Cascades Institute offers a M.Ed. degree program that emphasizes teaching, curriculum development and residential program operations; natural and cultural history; and leadership and nonprofit administration. The Institute's campus is located on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, where students live and work during a five-quarter residency. They also complete two quarters of study at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

The week's events will commence with three days of capstone presentations by each member of the cohort at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Students will present on a topic that has intrigued them throughout their graduate school experience, connecting their experiences within environmental education, natural history, sense of place and the future of education.

The week of festivities culminates in the graduation ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, March 23rd. A celebratory dinner will follow the ceremony!

If you would like to attend the capstones and/or the graduation ceremony at the Environmental Learning Center, please contact our friendly registrar at (360) 854-2588 or .

2018 Graduation & Capstones Schedule

Monday, March 19, 2018

  • Guests begin arriving in the afternoon     
  • 6 pm Dinner

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 

  • 8 am Breakfast
  • 10 am Daniel Dubie - The Heron and the Catfish 
  • 11:30 am Lunch
  • 1 pm Jihan Grettenberger - Moving Beyond LEDs to Collective Action
  • 3 pm Sarah Clement It's Not All About Climbing Rocks: Reorienting Outdoor Educators toward Social Justice 
  • 5:45 pm Mandatory Announcement in Dining Hall
  • 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Emily "Smokey" Brine - Shalom Y'all 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

  • 7 am Breakfast
  • 8 am Jenny O'Toole - Yes, and...? A letter to my future students
  • 10 am Nick Engelfried - White Guy Hiking: How I learned to think critically about my ecological identity
  • 11:30 am Lunch
  • 1 pm Ash Kunz - W⚲MXN: an evolution of identity
  • 3 pm Hanna Davis Searching for Balance: Stories of community action
  • 5pm Alexei Desmarais (w)here is here?: variations on voice and location in ee
  • 6:30 pm Dinner

Thursday, March 22, 2018  

  • 7 am  Breakfast
  • 8 am Rachael Grasso - Lessons & Landscapes: Lived experience in the outdoors
  • 10 am Kay Gallagher - Stop. Collaborate and Listen: How creative thinking is critical thinking
  • 11:30 am Lunch
  • 1 pm Becky Moore - Farm Camp Fun 
  • 3 pm Melissa Biggs - Capstone Presentation
  • 5 pm Angela Burlile - A Radical Transformation: Racial Justice and Environmental Education Reimagined
  • 6:30 pm Dinner

Friday, March 23, 2018

  • Guests check out before 10 am in the office
  • 10am Brunch
  • 1pm Graduation Ceremony
  • 4 pm Appetizers
  • 5 pm    Dinner & Celebrations!

Questions about the week's festivities can be directed to Aly Gourd, our Graduate Program Community Engagement Coordinator, at  or (360) 854-2568