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From left to right, Bantay and Di Giorgio smiling at the Salute to Service game football game between UW and Stanford in November 2018.

In Good Company

July 2, 2021

Recent grads Thomas Di Giorgio and Jeffrey Bantay developed a friendship while students at Tacoma Community College that carried them through UW Tacoma.

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The Class of 2021

June 11, 2021

Members of the Class of 2021 can hold their heads high as survivors and achievers. Through pandemic and polemic, they have completed the next stage of their journeys through life. We present a sampling of their stories.

Margarita Gonzalez, '21, B.A. Social Welfare

“I Can Do Something to Change That”

June 11, 2021

Growing up in Puyallup as part of the immigrant community and as the daughter of the owners of a popular restaurant, Margarita Gonzalez learned early that she could succeed with the help of those around her.

Madeline Zent, '21, B.S. Computer Science & Systems

The Intrepid Among Us

June 10, 2021

With her ice axe in hand, Madeline Zent is breaking new ground for the underrepresented in her field of computer science and on the slopes.

Michael Villalpando, '21, B.A. Healthcare Leadership

A Higher Level of Healthcare

June 10, 2021

Michael Villalpando, a paramedic by training, has earned a degree in healthcare leadership as a stepping-stone to becoming a physician assistant.

Veronica Ramirez Ramsay, '21, B.A. Healthcare Leadership

The Joy of the Servant Leader

June 10, 2021

Veronica Ramirez Ramsay spends her time in the service of others, committed to bringing her healthcare leadership skills to her community.

Davina Pasillas, '20, B.A. Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies

Giving Voice, Securing Rights

June 10, 2021

This year’s Commencement student speaker, Davina Pasillas wants to encourage people to use their voices. She wants to inspire her siblings and her kids to shoot for the stars.

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