Gonzaga graduates more than 1,000 on Mother’s Day

Gonzaga graduates more than 1,000 on Mother’s Day

It was a special Mother’s Day for moms of Gonzaga graduates Sunday. A total of 1,070 students moved their tassles to the left and tossed their caps at the university’s 125th commencement ceremony.

University president Thayne McCulloh recognized all of the moms in attendance at Sunday’s ceremony by asking them to stand in the midst of a roar of applause.

Graduate Alyssa Hawkinson got her Bachelor’s degree in nursing Sunday, but said she couldn’t help but feel a little guilty taking away the spotlight from her mom Jane on Mother’s Day.

“It’s crazy,” Hawkinson said. “I feel bad taking attention away from my mom because this is her day, but I’m so glad that she’s here and supporting me. It’s really exciting.”

Jane Hawkinson was one of the thousands of family members who cheered on the students at Spokane Arena. She said she couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday.

“I don’t know how you could have a better Mother’s Day gift than celebrating the graduation of a child and she is the last of three to graduate which makes it even more special,” Hawkinson said. “So I feel like these are all the best gifts possible. It doesn’t get any better.”

Hawkinson said the best gift she could’ve asked for is the fact that she no longer has to pay tuition.