RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities will confer 372 degrees during its commencement ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick, Wash.
Doors open at noon. The event is free to the public and tickets are not required.
Among those graduating, 313 students are earning their bachelor’s degrees, 46 master’s and 13 doctoral degrees.
Chancellor Keith Moo-Young will present the welcome address, the Chancellor’s Excellence Award for faculty and staff and will confer degrees. He will also present the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Gesa Credit Union CEO Don Miller. Michele Acker-Hocevar, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, will present introductions and recognitions.
Israa Alshaikhli, Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities president, will give the graduate greeting, which will be followed by the student address by valedictorian Kylie Chiesa.
Six students were selected to carry gonfalons, which are colorful banners that represent the colleges, based on their academic excellence. Those students include:
• Dennis Bonilla, agricultural, human and natural resource sciences
• Ana Isabel Sandoval Zazueta, arts and sciences
• David Law, business
• Jasmine Gonzalez, education
• Lorraine Seymour, engineering and architecture
• Mercedez Gomez, nursing
WSU Tri-Cities graduating student Kayla Stark will sing the national anthem.
For more information, visit http://tricities.wsu.edu/commencement.
Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333, Maegan.email@example.com