May 17, 1999
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WSU VANCOUVER CELEBRATES 10TH COMMENCEMENT
WITH LARGEST GRADUATING CLASS TO DATE
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The 10th annual commencement ceremony of Washington State University at Vancouver proved to be the largest yet, with approximately 4,000 attending the outdoor ceremony on Saturday, May 15.
More than 317 of the 449 graduates participated in the ceremony, which was led by Campus Executive Officer and Dean Hal Dengerink and WSU Provost and Academic Vice President Gretchen Bataille. A total of 338 undergraduate and 111 graduate students earned degrees from WSU Vancouver.
In 1998 there were nearly 427 graduates; in 1990 at WSU Vancouver's first formal ceremony there were just 36 graduates.
Peter Goldmark, president of the WSU Board of Regents, presented the commencement address. The ceremony also included the presentation of a number of awards.
The Dean's Award for Student Achievement was presented to Michelle Smith, a magna cum laude graduate from Kelso, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences with an emphasis in political science.
The nursing program awarded its Outstanding RN-BSN Student Award to Kathy Stefan and the Outstanding Graduate Award to Christine Gauf.
The business program awarded its Outstanding Undergraduate Student Achievement Award to Tamara Stewart and its Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award to George "Andrew" LaFrazia.
WSU Vancouver Student Body President Paul Dash and La Rae Marie Fletcher, a summa cum laude human development graduate, were recognized as recipients of the 1999 President's Award. The two WSU Vancouver graduates were among 80 students honored university-wide for service to the university.
The student body honored Lori Irving, professor of psychology, with the Student's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Professor of geology Ed Brook received the Research Excellence Award in recognition of his significant achievements in research of geochemical investigations of past and present climate and environmental change.
The College of Business and Economics recognized Jerry Goodstein, professor of management and systems as the Outstanding Faculty of the Year for research.
WSU Vancouver offers 13 bachelor's and seven master's degrees to more than 1,500 students on its 351-acre campus seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.
Editor's Note: A listing of the 1999 graduates is available by calling WSU Vancouver at 360/546-9600.
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