2019 Graduation

Please mark your calendar for the week of March 18-22, 2019 to join us as we celebrate the Seventeenth 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 study 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 five days of capstone presentations by each member of the cohort at Western Washington University or 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 22nd. A celebratory meal 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 .

2019 Graduation & Capstones Schedule

Monday, March 18, 2019 - Bellingham, WA (YWCA & BAAY Theater)

  • 10am Capstone by Charlee Corra  (YWCA)
  • 11am Break
  • 11:45am Capstone by Montana Napier (YWCA)
  • 1pm Break - Locate to BAAY Theater
  • 1:30pm Capstone by Liz Grewal (BAAY Theater)
  • 2:30pm Break - Relocate to YWCA 
  • 3pm Capstone by Amy Sánchez (YWCA)

Capstones March 19th - March 22nd, 2019 - North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

  • 3 pm Guests check-in at ELC
  • 5 pm Capstone by Kira Taylor-Hoar
  • 6 pm Dinner

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

  • 8 am Breakfast
  • 11 am Capstone by Brendan McGarry
  • 12 pm Lunch
  • 1 pm Capstone by Marissa Bluestein
  • 3 pm Capstone by Zoe Wadkins
  • 5 pm Capstone by Eric Buher
  • 6 pm Dinner

Thursday, March 21, 2019  

  • 8 am  Breakfast
  • 9 am Capstone by Ashley Hill
  • 11 am Capstone by Nate Trachte
  • 12 pm Lunch 
  • 1 pm Capstone by Darcy Page
  • 6 pm Dinner/Capstone by Tanner Johnson

Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Guests check out before 10am in the office
  • 10 am Brunch
  • 11am Capstone by Gina Roberti
  • 1pm Graduation Ceremony
  • 3 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