May 5: WSU Tri-Cities to confer 403 degrees at commencement

WSU Tri-Cities Commencement

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities will confer 403 degrees during its commencement ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick, Wash.

Doors open at noon. The event is free to the public and tickets are not required.

Among those graduating, 357 are earning their bachelor’s degrees, 34 master’s and 12 doctoral degrees.

WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes will present the welcome address, which will be followed by a video message by WSU President Kirk Schulz. Israa Alshaikhli will present the graduate greeting.

Vicky Gordon, owner of Gordon Estate Winery, will present the keynote address.

Six students were selected to carry gonfalons, which are colorful banners that represent the colleges, based on their academic excellence. Those students include:
• Conner Eck – Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
• Dana Parmenter – Arts and Sciences
• Mikayla Blosser – Business
• Becky Rausch – Education
• David Garcia – Engineering and Architecture
• Haneen Al-wazani – Nursing

WSU Tri-Cities alumna Kayla Stark will sing the national anthem.

A live stream of the ceremony will be available at

For more information, visit

Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333,

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