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The Class of 2021

June 10, 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.

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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.


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.


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.


UW Tacoma in the News

2021 Gift of Service Award

2021 Gift of Service Award recipient, Vincent Da, discusses what service and philanthropy means to him.

Office of Community Partnerships
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May 10, 2021

2021-2022 Magnuson Scholars Announced

The 2021-2022 Health Sciences Schools Magnuson Scholars have been announced, and among them is Toa Zheng, 2014 UW Tacoma MN grad! Learn more by clicking the link.

UW Health Sciences Administration
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May 3, 2021

UW Ranked #1 Among Public Nursing Schools

The UW School of Nursing has been named a leading educator of nurses among public colleges/universities offering graduate programs by US News & World Report. The school was ranked #1 among public institutions with Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (#3 overall) and tied for #1 among public schools with master’s degree programs (tied for #6 overall).  This latter ranking is specific to UW Bothell and UW Tacoma.

UW Ranked #1 Among Public Nursing Schools
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March 31, 2021

Tacoma Completes Student Voice Research Report is now available

UW Tacoma partnered on this innovative research report that draws on the experiences of more than 50 students who left college before completing their degree, information that will be studied to inform the future of college support systems.

In Their Own Words: New Report Describes Student Challenges To Staying In College
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February 8, 2021

Join the Mysterious Hunt That Celebrates the Lunar New Year

The pandemic has not stopped the mysterious group behind Tacoma's annual Monkeyshines, a citywide scavenger hunt for art glass orbs. The UW Tacoma campus, including the Prairie Line Trail, is recommended as an area to search.

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February 4, 2021

Paw'd Defiance

A new podcast about all things Tacoma

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Finding His Place in the World

June 10, 2021

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.

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

June 10, 2021

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

The Creation of an Electrical Engineer

June 10, 2021

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.

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