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Onward, VanCougs! 975 graduate in Class of 2016

On May 7, at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 975 Washington State University Vancouver students received doctoral, master ’s and bachelor’s degrees. Steve Horenstein, chair of the WSU Vancouver Advisory Council, and Chancellor Mel Netzhammer, made opening remarks.

Chancellor Netzhammer recognized Dan Harmon, one of the owners of Hoffman Construction, for his contributions to the university. Harmon sponsored the Second Chance Scholarship, which gives students who are at risk of not being able to finish school due to financial difficulties financial aid to finish their senior year of college.

Outgoing ASWSUV president Shain Wright gave the commencement address. Wright reminisced on his time as part of the WSU Vancouver community and the memories made with many people on campus. He then spoke of a bright future for all graduating students.

After Wright spoke, students received their degrees. Walking across the stage, degree in hand, students showed all manner of excitement at their achievement. Tamara Shoup, a graduate with a 2007 bachelor of arts in human development, welcomed graduates into the WSU alumni community. Chancellor Netzhammer then made final remarks, and the graduates proceeded out of the amphitheater to celebrate their graduation with friends and family members.

Photo credits: Alex Peru and Quetzali Ramirez

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