May 6: Vancouver graduates record number of students

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will graduate a record 1,014 students at its 2017 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash.

Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and Skye Troy, president of the student body, will deliver the commencement address.

By the numbers           

The 2017 graduates include:

  • 28 doctoral candidates in the areas of education, English, environmental and natural resource sciences, neuroscience, nursing practice, psychology and zoology.
  • 110 master’s candidates will receive degrees in botany, business administration, computer science, education, mechanical engineering, nursing, prevention science, psychology, public affairs, strategic communication, teaching and zoology.
  • 876 bachelor’s candidates will receive degrees in anthropology, biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice and criminology, digital technology and culture, earth and environmental sciences, education, electrical engineering, English, environmental science, history, hospitality business management, human development, humanities, mathematics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, nursing, psychology, public affairs, social sciences, sociology and strategic communication.

Commencement speaker

Skye Troy, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, exercised her passion for equitable social justice policies as this year’s president of the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. Troy transferred to WSU Vancouver from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., in fall 2015. She has served on student government for four years, as an intern at the Oregon State Capitol, on the City of Troutdale Citizens Advisory Committee, and as a facilitator for the WSU Vancouver/The Foley Institute Initiative for Public Deliberation. She received the 2016 Emerging Leader Award from Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership and was a 2017 nominee for WSU Vancouver’s Woman of Distinction.


Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash.. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is a covered outdoor venue. Umbrellas and strollers are not allowed in the seating area. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance. Accommodations will be available for deaf and hearing-impaired guests, including closed captioning, sign-language interpreters in a designated area and amplification devices available at the information booth.

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