Congratulations, graduates!

Special Message from Chancellor Sandra Haynes

Special Message from General James Mattis

Student Highlight

Veronica Romero, WSU Tri-Cities graduating senior and future teacher, is using online learning and time at home to prepare for her future career as a teacher.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the single mom of two practices her teaching strategies on her kids as their full-time teacher while studying up on the future of education technology through her full course-load.
Veronica Romero

2020 Student Awards

Director of Finance

Zachary Harper

2020 Top Ten Senior Award

For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized ten of the top seniors in each graduating class. This award represents the highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience, including academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts.

WSU Tri-Cities student Savanna Navarro Kresse

Savanna Navarro Kresse

“Honor Role” award, ALL IN Challenge Awards program

WSU Tri-Cities student Savanna Navarro Kresse was honored earlier this year with a national award for her work in increasing student democratic engagement on campus and in the regional Tri-Cities community.

Navarro Kresse earned an “Honor Role” award through the ALL IN Challenge Awards program, where she was invited to be honored in Washington, D.C. She was selected as one of 10 students for the category, which specifically recognizes student leadership in helping college students to improve nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement and voter participation.

Bernadette Gagnier

Bernadette “Bernie” Gagnier

2019 WSU Tri-Cities Woman of Distinction Award

Bernie served for nearly five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a student veteran at WSU Tri-Cities, Bernie led the effort in partnering with Bombing Range Brewing Company to initiate a partnership with the Patriots’ Club and Veterans Center at WSU Tri-Cities to provide hands-on opportunities for student veterans in beermaking, which also led to the organization donating more than $2,000 back to student veteran-related services. She serves as a tasting room attendant and participates in local events and limited production at Kiona Vineyards and Winery. Additionally, she works at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, where she works with associate professor Michelle Moyer on nematicide efficacy evaluation, nematode management and rootstock evaluations as it pertains to wine grapes and vineyards.

Evan Foraker

Evan Foraker

2020 WSU President’s Award for Leadership
2020 WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor’s Student of the Year Award

This WSU Tri-Cities – Office of Student Life Evening of Excellence award is given to a student for their excellence in student leadership at WSU Tri-Cities.


Remy Plate

2020 WSU President’s Awards for Leadership
2020 Campus Compact Washington Student Civic Leadership Award

Of her three passions, Remy plans to make the most impact in women’s advocacy. Her dream is to one day become the Executive Director for the White House Council on Women and Girls. In her efforts to continuously make a difference in her community, Plate has lobbied at the state capitol, where she’s met with legislators about the Washington Promise Scholarship and advocated for student loans plan for undocumented students.

ashley Finnestad

Ashley Finnestad

WSU Tri-Cities Student Employee of the Year

Lab Manager for the Cheeke Soil Microbial Ecology Lab

This WSU Tri-Cities – Office of Student Life Evening of Excellence award is given to a student that has gone above and beyond for their on-campus job.

Michael Roper

Michael Roper

2020 WSU President’s Award for Leadership
2020 WSU Tri-Cities Leaders in Action Award: Coding Cougs Club
President of the Coding Cougs Club

This WSU Tri-Cities – Office of Student Life Evening of Excellence award is given to a student organization for their contributions to leadership development and transformational student involvement.