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Celebrating our Graduating Seniors!

With a record 500 students earning their Bachelors of Arts in Psychology over the course of this year there are many things -- and many people -- to celebrate.  On June 6, many of these graduating seniors, along with their proud families and friends, filled the HUB Ballrooms as we celebrated their accomplishments at the Psychology Graduation Celebration.

Alicia Mendez Sawers Polo DeCano
Alicia Mendez Sawers Polo DeCano

In an effort to make this event an even more special and person experience, a number of changes were made to this year's program.  Chief among them was the addition of keynote speeches by one of our graduating seniors and by one of our distinguished alumni.  Our first ever student speaker was Alicia Mendez Sawers.  A Psychology Honors student and McNair Scholar, Alicia also participated as a peer mentor for incoming transfer students.  This summer, Alicia heads to the East Coast to begin an MSW/Ph.D. program at Rutgers University.  Our alumni speaker, Policarpio (Polo) DeCano, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002.  A repeat Husky, Polo is now poised to complete a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the UW College of Education. 

Department Chair Sheri Mizumori presided over an evening that both highlighted the tremendous accomplishments of a number of individuals and celebrated the achievements of all of our graduates.  Awarding of honor cords to our graduating Honors students and the presentation of the Guthrie Prize awards were featured.  As always, a highlight of the evening was the procession of the graduates.  Professor Jaime Diaz and Psychology Lecturer Nicole McNichols read each student's name as they crossed the stage to the cheers of the crowd.  We wish all the best to our newest alumni and look forward to keeping in touch and learning about their accomplishments yet to come!