The Class of 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.

June 10, 2021

Finding His Place in the World

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.

June 10, 2021

Giving Voice, Securing Rights

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.

June 10, 2021

The Art of Digital Design

Rebecca Morgan’s new degree in technical communication will sweeten her current position at a Tacoma candy company, and may open doors for her freelance web design business.

June 10, 2021

Creating the First-Gen Experience

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.

June 10, 2021

Learning In and Out of the Classroom

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.

June 10, 2021

The Next Stage

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

May 13, 2021