WSU Vancouver Class of 2015 celebrates achievements at the annual Grad Party

The Washington State University Vancouver graduating class met in the Firstenburg Student Commons on April 30 to celebrate their achievements and enjoy their last week of being undergraduate and graduate students. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer and faculty members were also in attendance to congratulate students for completing their degrees.

Upon arriving to the event, students gathered around a table offering free alumni license plate covers as well as cougar window decals. KOUG radio and the Salmon Creek Journal also had tables set up to hand out pamphlets, buttons and copies of the latest edition of the Journal signed by the contributing authors and artists.

Five graduating seniors gave their advice to current and future Washington State University Vancouver students. Cambri Shanahan is a transfer student from Clark College who completed her Bachelor’s in human development within four years. Shanahan’s advice to students is to get involved on campus as soon as possible: “Getting involved makes your time on campus extremely rewarding and you become more connected to the campus.”

Audrey Miller is graduating with her Master’s degree in public affairs. Miller also obtained her Bachelor’s degree at WSU Vancouver as well as serving at editor-in-chief of the VanCougar in the past. Miller said, “getting an education is difficult, but do not give up. Ask for help if you need it! Everyone else is experiencing the same hardships but do not quit [on your degree] just because you believe you can’t complete it.”

Ryan Malone is also a transfer student who is graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in biology. Malone’s advice for students is to make friends with faculty and students alike.

Courtney Kinsman has attended WSU Vancouver for the past four years and is graduating with a HPM in hospitality and business management. Along with her academic advisor, Kinsman said, “Get to know your faculty and staff, they will help you more than you know!”

Ben Joner was a transfer student who is graduating with degrees in environmental science and biology. Joner said that he is contemplating moving on to grad school, but has not made any decisions yet. Joner’s advice for students is to listen to professor’s lectures. “If your professor posts lecture notes or slides online, it is more beneficial to listen during class and only write down important concepts.”
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The VanCougar and WSU Vancouver extend congratulations to all graduates and good luck in future endeavors! Those with questions about WSU Vancouver’s graduation ceremony can contact the Office of Student Involvement at 360-546- 9163 or osi@vancouver.wsu.edu.

Photo credit: Taylor Jones, WSU Vancouver Flickr

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