OREGON’S ONLY WOMAN governor, Barbara Roberts, will give the spring commencement speech and receive an honorary degree on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the Rose Garden Arena. More than 16,000 students and guests are expected to attend.
Roberts, who served as governor from 1991 to 1995, has a long history of public service. She was the first woman to serve as majority leader of the Oregon House and the first Democratic secretary of state elected in 100 years. Until 2005, she was an associate director in PSU’s Executive Leadership Institute. She continues to support the University in various ways, including a scholarship honoring her late husband, Frank Roberts, a faculty member and state senator.