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Multicultural Student Services to hold Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony

Department: Office of Multicultural Student Services

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The Office of Multicultural Student Services invites the WSU community in attending its annual Multicultural Graduation Celebration Friday, May 4 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the CUB Junior and Senior Ballrooms.

MSS graduation is an opportunity for students to celebrate their successes and accomplishments at Washington State University with those who have made an impact on their academic experience.

“MSS graduation is more intimate and highlights our students,” Dominique Faga’autau, MSS retention counselor, said. “Students will get to listen to people of different cultural backgrounds and hear stories about their college experiences.”

President Kirk Schultz will give opening remarks at the celebration, followed by the keynote speaker presentation given by WSU alumna, Sharon Mail Kanichy.  Sharon is a member of the Makah Tribe. During her time at WSU, she was involved serving as a student mentor for the Native American Student Center and a Graduate Assistant for MSS.  She is currently teaching at Neah Bay High School and Markishtum Middle School in Neah Bay, Wash.

The celebration will feature performances by God’s Harmony and students from the Asian American Pacific Islander Student Center. Student speakers from the African American, Asian-American Pacific Islander, Chicana/o Latina/o, and Native American student centers will then get an opportunity to address their fellow graduates.

Finally, the graduates will be recognized for their achievements with an MSS graduation stole and certificate of accomplishment. Following recognition of the graduates, Dr. Mary Jo Gonzalez, vice president for the Division of Student Affairs, will give closing remarks.

For more information regarding Multicultural Student Services, visit