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.

Augustine Ajuogu, M.D.. Augustine is an Act Six graduate, hospital medicine physician at Indiana University Health Ball Hospital, and speaker at this summer’s convention.

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).

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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

For guests at Thursday’s celebration + fundraiser dinner, testing and masks are not required. Please do not attend if you are feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

For convention participants and other overnight guests, the following protocols apply:

  • COVID-19 Testing Required: Given that the Act Six Convention is an overnight event, scholars and staff are required to take a rapid COVID-19 test at home the morning of Thursday, August 4. Scholars and staff must report their negative test to their staff member before being permitted to commute to or check-in at the Convention.
  • If you test positive, please stay home. If you tested positive previously and test positive again, please review Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 quarantine vs. isolation guidelines to determine whether you could still participate while wearing a mask based on the date when you first tested positive and your symptoms. (With the newer variants, some people test positive for up to 90 days, but are no longer contagious after the first 5-10 days.) Your status will need to be discussed and verified with your staff member before you would be allowed to participate.
  • Face Masks Optional: In alignment with the latest recommendations from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and Pierce County Health Department, wearing face masks is optional for Act Six participants. Please be aware that not everybody will be comfortable removing their mask. If you’re more comfortable wearing your mask, please continue to do so. Extra masks will be available for those who prefer to wear one.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please utilize CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker and follow Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 quarantine vs. isolation guidelines to determine whether or not you should wear a mask or stay home.
  • Accessing At-Home Tests: US residents can order 8 free at-home tests from the federal government from www.covidtests.gov, and WA residents can order 8 free at-home tests per household per calendar month from sayyescovidhometest.org. At-home tests are also widely available at pharmacies for around $10 per test.
  • Symptoms During Convention: If you start to feel ill and have COVID symptons while at the Convention, please reach out to an Act Six or Degrees of Change staff member as soon as possible. If necessary, private accommodations will be made in an effort to limit community spread and ensure your safety.

Act Six Gear for Sale

The following Act Six-branded items will be available for sale throughout the convention:

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