More than 2,200 in UW Bothell Class of 2018

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The University of Washington Bothell Class of 2018 is the largest in its history, with more than 2,200 graduates receiving their diplomas. The commencement ceremony was held June 10 at Safeco Field.
The graduating class includes 1,954 students receiving their bachelor’s degree and 302 receiving their master’s. In addition, 23 new teachers are receiving their certification. This class is nearly 300 students larger than last year’s, which had 1,959.
To accommodate their family members and friends, the 27th annual commencement was again held in Seattle’s Major League Baseball stadium. More than 15,000 people filled the stands to watch the graduates march across a stage on the infield. The crowd also followed the pomp and circumstance on the giant Mariners Vision Board.
Graduates drew inspiration from commencement speaker Mary Yu. The Washington Supreme Court Justice has a compelling personal story as well as a passion for social justice and public service, said Chancellor Wolf Yeigh.
In an additional ritual, graduate students receiving master’s degrees were recognized in a hooding ceremony and reception June 9 at Mobius Hall on the UW Bothell/Cascadia College campus.
This year 858 of the UW Bothell graduates — 44 percent — are the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. There were 240 international students that graduated, 92 were from China. Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 67.

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