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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.

UW Tacoma senior Teresa Dennerlein leans against the large steel W on campus.

The Next Stage

May 13, 2021

Senior Teresa Dennerlein grew up in isolation then got a chance to see the world before finding what she needed at UW Tacoma.

Headshot of UW Tacoma Professor Carolyn West

Without a Safety Net

May 6, 2021

UW Tacoma Professor Carolyn West has spent her storied career asking hard questions and exploring difficult subjects.

A graphic depicting people enjoying being outside. There is a pair of hikers, both wearing backpacks and they are standing in a planted area.

Go Far, Quickly

April 21, 2021

For Earth Day, students, faculty and staff from all three UW campuses reflect on what it means to be sustainable during a pandemic.

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