Record number of fall graduates awarded diplomas
PULLMAN, Wash. – An estimated 3,000 family members and friends on Saturday packed into Washington State University’s Beasley Coliseum, where a record number of graduating students received diplomas during the university’s 12th annual fall semester commencement ceremony.
WSU President Elson S. Floyd spoke briefly before conferring 814 degrees on graduates from across the WSU system. In all, 56 doctoral degrees, 53 master’s degrees and 705 undergraduate degrees were awarded.
Kim Kidwell, executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, was the keynote speaker.
"Most of you worked incredibly hard to get to this place,” she told the graduates. "Your presence here today is a testimony to your ability to create opportunity in your life.”
WSU began conducting a fall semester commencement ceremony in 2001, when 368 students received diplomas. The number of graduates has risen steadily over the past decade. Last December, a total of 813 diplomas were awarded.
The two-hour commencement ceremony was broadcast live through Cable 8 TV and videostreamed live at http://www.experience.wsu.edu , where it also will be archived for future viewing.