TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Washington State University Tri-Cities will honor its 14th graduating class Friday, May 16, at the Tri-Cities Coliseum in Kennewick. The program begins at 6 p.m.

A total of 375 students will receive diplomas this year. There are 256 undergraduate and 118 master’s degree candidates eligible to participate in the 2003 Commencement. One Doctor of Philosophy degree will be conferred.

Dr. Larry James, chancellor of the WSU Tri–Cities campus, will preside over the program, which includes a commencement address by James A. Cochran, the founding dean of the Tri–Cities campus.

Cochran served as dean and campus executive officer at WSU Tri–Cities from its founding in 1989 through 1998.

WSU President V. Lane Rawlins will welcome those in attendance to witness the graduation of the Tri–Cities’ Class of 2003. Nearly 3,000 are expected to attend the ceremony. The Tri-Cities Coliseum is located near Columbia Center in Kennewick.

The graduating students earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the state’s land-grant university in a variety of academic disciplines, including biology, business administration, chemical engineering, computer science, elementary education, liberal arts, nursing and social science.

Lorie Dankers, president of the Washington State University Alumni Association, will deliver the alumni greeting to the new graduates.