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

The Intrepid Among Us

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.

June 10, 2021

A Higher Level of Healthcare

Michael Villalpando, a paramedic by training, has earned a degree in healthcare leadership as a stepping-stone to becoming a physician assistant.

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 Subtle Influencer

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

June 10, 2021

The Creation of an Electrical Engineer

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.

June 10, 2021