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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.

Taylor Owens, '21, B.A. Criminal Justice

The Subtle Influencer

June 10, 2021

Taylor Owens wants to use her criminal justice degree to address the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

UW Tacoma in the News

40 Under 40 | 2021

Saralyn Smith, program manager at UW Tacoma's Professional Development Center, is on South Sound Business's list of 40 people under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the South Sound community.

South Sound Business
June 1, 2021

Tacoma Emergency Response Tech Forged by Fire

Assistant Professor of electrical and computer engineering Matt Tolentino is also CEO and founder of Namatad, a spin-out of technology from UW Tacoma that will allow tracking of personnel in dangerous situations like fires and battle zones.

Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County
May 31, 2021

Tips to make laundry day more gentle on the environment Subscription

It is getting easier to minimize the impact on the environment of washing clothes. Senior lecturer and environmental scientist Julie Masura is quoted on microplastics pollution from the laundry. This story appeared in many other outlets nationally, including the Seattle Times.

The Washington Post
May 18, 2021

Ketul Patel is the Medicine Man

A profile of the co-CEO of newly-merged Virigina Mason Franciscan Healthcare mentions his recognition by the Milgard School of Business with the Nonprofit Healthcare Leader of the Year award.

Seattle Business Magazine
May 1, 2021

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