2016 Commencement Speaker: Kate Moses ‘84
Four years ago, we accepted our invitations to University of the Pacific and eagerly transitioned into college via our first momentous event, Convocation. Fast-forwarding to this weekend’s activities, we are now transitioning out of college and into the “real world” with Commencement.
Commencement is a University-wide ceremony, which allows for recognition of student leaders, faculty and alumni and of course showcases various speeches. This year’s Commencement address will be given by Pacific alumna Kate Moses ‘84, a renowned author.
Moses graduated from Pacific with honors, majoring in English with a concentration in women’s studies and art history. A native of San Francisco, Moses is excited to return to her alma mater and share her experiences and advice with the student body.
“With her writer’s eye, Kate encapsulates what makes Pacific special: the strong connection between faculty and students, the heartfelt investment faculty make in their students, the difference this University can make in a life,” expresses President Pamela Eibeck. “It will be a tremendous opportunity for our graduates to be able to reflect on their Pacific experiences through hers.”
After graduating from Pacific, Moses went on to become an editor of fiction, poetry and nonfiction at Berkeley’s North Point Press, working with successful authors. She quickly climbed the ladder, and within five years Moses became the senior acquisition editor.
She also earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University.
Additionally, Moses authored books of her own, like her internationally acclaimed book, “Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath.” This novel has been published in 15 languages and earned her the 2003 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman.
Moses now resides in Essex, New York and teaches creative writing and literature at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She also is working as the co-editor of the university’s literary journal, Saranac Review.
Moses is sure to have some exceptional, inspiring tidbits to share at Commencement. She is living proof that you can achieve all you set out to do after graduating from Pacific.
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