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.
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, a paramedic by training, has earned a degree in healthcare leadership as a stepping-stone to becoming a physician assistant.
Veronica Ramirez Ramsay spends her time in the service of others, committed to bringing her healthcare leadership skills to her community.
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.
Max Raeburn’s experience as a student leader was transformative, even through the course of the pandemic.
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.
By the time he came to UW Tacoma to study urban design, Dennis Adjetey had a set of experiences that gave him the drive and the desire to do well.
Taylor Owens wants to use her criminal justice degree to address the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Getting turned on to math led Abdalah Adan to electrical engineering. The pandemic was a challenge, but he is grateful for the relationships he has built with faculty and fellow students.