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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.

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.

Paola Jean Caguiat Chua, '21, B.S. Biomedical Sciences

Creating the First-Gen Experience

June 10, 2021

Her mother, her family, herself – these three things inspired Paola Jean Caguiat Chua to pursue a degree in biomedical sciences. Along the way, she helped define the first-gen experience for future generations of students at UW Tacoma.

Felix Aráoz-Copley, '21, Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Finding His Place in the World

June 10, 2021

Felix Aráoz-Copley says, even after many trials and tribulations, he would not change a thing about his experience as a first-generation, immigrant, Latinx, queer student at UW Tacoma.

Sarah Abruzzini, '21, B.S. Biomedical Sciences

Learning In and Out of the Classroom

June 10, 2021

As a pragmatic person, Sarah Abruzzini has learned lessons both in and out of the classroom. Her degree in biomedical sciences fulfills her interest in mysteries and in being challenged.

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