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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017
27TH ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT Tacoma Dome, June 14, 2017
Amazing graduates, inspiring faculty and staff and the pomp and circumstance of “the big day!”
Learn about more than 20 new grads. There are more than 1,770 stories like these that make up the Class of 2017.
Discover a few of the faculty and staff that have mentored the Class of 2017.
If you couldn't be at Commencement in person, sample some of the tradition and the ceremony on screen and in print.
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Kayesee Schermerhorn, '17, Law & Policy
Amazing Graduates 1 of 5
Nhan Hoang, '17, Business Administration/Marketing
Coming to the U.S. from Vietnam to improve his life, Nhan Hoang is one of this year's Husky 100 and graduates with a degree in business administration.
Anna Nepomuceno, '17, Politics, Philosophy & Economics
At first she wanted to be a 'spin doctor,' but Anna Nepomuceno quickly realized her interest lay in politics and legislation.
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Rashida Robbins, '17, Business Administration/Marketing
Success for marketing graduate Rashida Robbins has been a family affair, with inspiration from her grandparents, help from her parents, and the joy of her two children.
Amazing Graduates 2 of 5
Karter Duff, '17, Writing Studies
Karter Duff shares the story of his journey from high school drop-out to UW Tacoma degree to grad school acceptance.
Jay Novelo, ’17, Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies
A first-generation student, Jay Novelo is one of the Husky 100 and plans a career as a high school teacher.
2017 Commencement - Ad
View and download a .pdf of the full-page newspaper ad featuring the names of the more than 1,770 members of the Class of 2017. This ad ran in The News Tribune on June 11, 2017.
Andy Flanagan, '17, Law & Policy
Amazing Graduates 3 of 5
Alishia Agee-Cooper, ’17, Master of Social Work
Shedding self-doubts, Alishia Agee-Cooper listened to the people around her and is putting her new degree to use as an advocate for children and the marginalized.
Cyril Johns, ’17, Communication
A peer advisor while at UW Tacoma and a member of the Husky 100, Cyril Johns hopes to attend medical school and specialize in orthopedics.
Gabriela Raisl, '17, Psychology
Amazing Graduates 4 of 5
Asha Isaac, ’17, Information Technology & Systems
One of 17 siblings, and the seventh to get a college degree, Asha Isaac is one of the Husky 100 and now has a job at Costco's Issaquah headquarters.
Christopher Johnston, ’17, Law & Policy
Overcoming what seemed to be impossible challenges, Christopher Johnston credits his mother's love and support, and the Husky Promise, for his degree in Law & Policy.
Inspiring Faculty and Staff
INSPIRING FACULTY AND STAFF
2017 Distinguished Teaching Award - Dr. Divya McMillin
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
2017 Distinguished Research Award - Dr. Marian Harris
Social Work & Criminal Justice
2017 Distinguished Community Engagement Award - Dr. Christine Stevens
Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
Rafael Saucedo, '17, Healthcare Leadership
RAFAEL SAUCEDO, ’17, HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP
Telling himself he wasn't going to make any friends staying locked in his Court 17 apartment, Rafael Saucedo became a student leader and the first one in his family to get a college degree.
Amazing Graduates 5 of 5
Ashley Dickerson, ’17, Law & Policy
The right teacher or the right class can transform a life. Just ask UW Tacoma Class of 2017 member Ashley Dickerson.
Angela Suresh, ’17, Communication
Angela Suresh is shattering stereotypes about what it means to be a South Asian American.
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