WSU Vancouver launches 25th anniversary celebration

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 3:30pm -- brenda_alling

Celebrate 25VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver kicked off its 25th Anniversary Celebration at its 2014 commencement ceremony on May 10.

“Today is an exciting day,” said Chancellor Emile “Mel” Netzhammer, speaking at the ceremony. “Exactly 25 years ago today, May 10, 1989, the Washington State Legislature formally established WSU Vancouver as one of four campuses that make up the Washington State University system. Beginning today and throughout the next academic year, we will celebrate this anniversary with our community, faculty, staff, alumni and students.”

Education and economic growth

In 1989, the State Legislature outlined two missions for WSU’s three new branch campuses, as well as two new branch campuses of the University of Washington:

  1. Increase access to higher education for the region
  2. Promote regional economic development through research and education

With a variety of events planned over the next 12 months, WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of progress toward both goals.

At the first commencement in 1990, 38 new graduates received their degrees.

In 2014, 915 received degrees. In all over the last 25 years, WSU Vancouver has graduated more than 10,000 alumni. Of these, 75 percent live and work in the Vancouver/Portland area, enhancing the region’s economic, civic and cultural well-being.

Nominate notable alumni

As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, WSU Vancouver has created the Notable Alumni Award to honor alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, careers and/or community service reflect the university’s legacy of excellence.

This year, 25 notable alumni will be selected for recognition. In subsequent years, one alumnus/alumna will be selected annually.

Nominations are open to the public. Nominees must have attended WSU Vancouver. The deadline for nomination is June 20, and a selection committee will choose the awardees.

The nomination form is available online:

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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