20th Anniversary Convention

20th Anniversary Convention

August 4-7, 2022 • Tacoma, WA

On their college campuses, their home communities and the world beyond, Act Six scholars and graduates have been creating a legacy of distinguished leadership, service and academic achievement since 2002. Join us in-person this summer to celebrate the leadership and impact of more than 1,350 Act Six scholars over two decades.

Join Me: Invitations from our Speakers

Listen in to these personal invitations from convention speakers.

Danjuma Quarless, Ph.D. Danjuma is an Act Six graduate, associate director at AbbVie Ventures, and member of the Degrees of Change board of directors.

Christian Paige. Poet, speaker, educator, Christian is an Act Six graduate, Emmy-nominated author and performer of “Trees” and keynote speaker at this summer’s convention.

Who's Invited

The convention will bring together the following groups to celebrate this milestone event:

  • Current Act Six scholars. Current scholars are invited to the 20th Anniversary celebration banquet Thursday evening and the following three-day in-person convention experience through Sunday morning. The convention resumes the pre-pandemic Act Six rhythm of gathering the network by region every other year.
    • All current Act Six scholars from the Northwest region (Tacoma-Seattle, Portland-Salem, Spokane and Yakima Valley) are expected to attend as part of their Act Six experience.
    • A small group of current scholars from each partner college in the Midwest region (Minneapolis-St Paul, Chicago, Indianapolis) are invited to represent their colleges.
  • Act Six graduates. Act Six graduates are invited to reconnect with each other across the years, colleges and communities in an informal, fun, family-friendly, outdoor environment Friday evening. Graduates who are ready to invest financially in the future of Act Six are invited to the celebration banquet and fundraiser Thursday evening. While there is not a special track for graduates through the convention, those wishing to attend the other convention session alongside current scholars are invited to do so.
  • Act Six affiliate staff. All Act Six affiliate staff are invited to join the network staff meeting and celebration banquet on Thursday, and accompany their scholars through the full convention experience through Saturday.
  • Partner college staff. Act Six partner college staff in student life and admissions are invited to join the network staff meeting Thursday morning. Campus leaders are invited to join the celebration banquet Thursday evening. Campus staff who support scholars are invited to accompany their scholars through the full convention experience through Saturday.
  • Local community members and Act Six supporters. The broader community of Act Six supporters are invited to join the celebration banquet on Thursday evening, where they will have the opportunity to financially invest in the continuing impact of Act Six.

Venue + Accommodations

The convention will take place at the brand-new Tacoma Downtown Marriot, featuring state-of-the-art conference facilities and majestic views of Tacoma and the surrounding mountains. Overnight participants will enjoy access to the fitness center and roof-top pool and hot tub.

Three nights at the Marriot are included in the cost of registration all current Act Six scholars (four scholars per room).

Marriot Tacoma Downtown

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Costs + Registration

We’ve made every effort to ensure that this compelling and inspiring event is affordable for Act Six scholars.

For current Act Six scholars, the full cost of registration is $300 and includes:

  • 20th Anniversary Celebration Banquet
  • all convention sessions
  • three nights lodging at Marriott Downtown Tacoma (four scholars per room)
  • lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday
  • breakfast snacks Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • limited downtown parking (carpooling encouraged)
  • optional bus transportation from Portland, Spokane or Yakima Valley

Registration for scholars requires a $50 deposit. Full payment must be received by July 8 to avoid a $50 late fee.


For Act Six and college staff, separate registration is available for Thursday’s network staff meeting and celebration banquet, and the remainder of the convention. Prices include meals but not lodging:

  • Network Staff Meeting (Thu morning), $25
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration Banquet (Thu evening), $100
  • Remaining convention sessions and meals (Fri-Sun), $100

A block of guest rooms will be available directly from the hotel at special conference rates.


For community supporters attending the 20th Anniversary Celebration Banquet Fundraiser, ticket prices for the dinner are $100, with an expected donation of $500 or more, or a $50 per month pledge.

COVID Protocols

Pandemic conditions are continuously evolving. We are committed to ensuring a safe event and will implement COVID protocols in accordance with local public health guidelines at the time of the event. More details will be made available to attendees in the weeks leading up to the event.

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Speakers + Presenters

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Tentative Schedule

Sunday, August 7

Closing Plenary

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