On June 9, 2023, UW Tacoma celebrated it's 34th annual Commencement at the Tacoma Dome. Here are a few facts and figures to put the event into perspective. Be sure to scroll down to read profiles of some of the amazing members of the Class of 2023.
We were back in the Tacoma Dome after a three-year absence
It was the largest single ceremony in UW Tacoma history
We hosted nearly 1,400 graduates and 14,000 guests
More than 250 staff and faculty supported the ceremony on the day
96% of graduates are Washington residents who come from three counties (Pierce, King and Thurston)
58% of spring/summer graduates are students of color
54% are the first in their family to attend college
6.5% are serving or have served in the military, and 17% are military-connected (including military dependents)
Medals of Excellence
Learn more about the 2023 UW President's Medalist from UW Tacoma, Samantha Smith, '23, B.A. Sustainable Urban Development/Law & Policy; and the recipients of the 2023 UW Tacoma Chancellor's Medals, Salese Clark, B.A. Business Administration/Marketing; and Exita Lealofi, B.A. Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies.
JAI'SHON BERRY, '23
B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Jai'Shon Berry took his mother's words to heart: renew your commitment every single day and work hard for it. As ASUWT President, Berry, in his own words, “fell in love with the community at UW Tacoma.”
Born in Fiji, Amy Maharaj lived through a coup on the island. She sat down to record an episode of Paw'd Defiance, the UW Tacoma podcast. She talks about her experience in the Ed.D. program's Muckleshoot Cohort.
Ronee K Wopsock Pawwinnee, the Ute Indian Tribe Education Director, is one of the Muckleshoot Cohort in UW Tacoma's Educational Doctorate program. She recorded an episode of Paw'd Defiance, the UW Tacoma podcast.
Former student Arabelis Wally has received a prestigious fellowship at Johns Hopkins University that will support her graduate work. The Thomas Scholarship is awarded to "exceptional students from ... minority-serving institutions to pursue PhDs in STEM fields ... ."
The average tire contains more than 400 chemicals and compounds, including 6PPD, a tire preservative that transforms to 6PPD-quinone in the environment. Researchers at UW Tacoma and WSU Puyallup discovered 6PPD toxicity. The Center for Urban Waters' Ed Kolodziej is quoted.