Celebrate 25

Celebrate 25

Washington State University Vancouver kicked off its 25th Anniversary Celebration at its 2014 commencement ceremony on May 10. That was 25 years to the day since the Washington State Legislature had established WSU Vancouver as one of four campuses making up the Washington State University system. WSU Vancouver will observe this anniversary throughout 2014/2015. Watch for updates and more events as plans develop.


WSU Vancouver's 25th Anniversary Community Celebration on the Quad

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Busy campus celebration on the quad3 – 8 p.m. Saturday, September 6
WSU Vancouver Quad

Join us for our first major anniversary event! It’s all free and open to the public.

Purchase dinner from one of this region’s favorite food trucks or pack a picnic. No alcohol or firearms, please.

The #19 C-Tran bus will serve WSU Vancouver every half hour during the celebration. The first bus will leave the 99th Street Transit Center at 1:40 p.m., arriving at 1:50 p.m.; and the last bus will leave WSU Vancouver at 9 p.m.

Live music from Lincoln's Beard and Sean Flinn & The Royal We

Kick back on the lawn in our amphitheater and listen to some great music—folk rock band Lincoln’s Beard at 5:30 p.m. and one of Portland’s favorite pop bands, Sean Flinn & The Royal We at 7 p.m.

Things to see

Let one of WSU Vancouver’s student ambassadors take you on a guided tour of campus.

Tour the creative media and digital culture MOVE lab and view the new multimedia “Curlew”.

Go to fine arts in the Multimedia Classroom Building to see an exhibit and participate in hands-on art activities.

See the Community Art Show in the Dengerink Administration Building Gallery featuring faculty, staff and student works.

Things to do

Butch T. Cougar playing guitar (kinda)Taste WSU's famous Cougar Gold cheese at Legacy Square.

Help artist Erin Dengerink create a sidewalk chalk mural.

Get a Butch T. Cougar balloon animal to take home.

Say "cheese" in the photo booth.

Listen to "Steampunk Alphabet" author Nat Iwata read his book, and help him create a new character at 3:30 p.m. in the library.

Listen to Thousand Waves perform live music at 4 p.m. in the library.

Things to learn

Attend an A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships workshop at 3:30 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110.

Talk to admissions counselors and financial aid experts to get all your questions answered.

Visit research labs and participate in hands-on activities.

Explore WSU Vancouver's history at the interactive timeline in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

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Wave the FlagSign up to wave the flag August 25

Welcome students to the first day of classes on the anniversary year! Join WSU alumni, friends, faculty and staff in taking over 134th Street/Salmon Creek Avenue and the main entrance to the campus. Volunteers wearing Cougar colors will wave the Cougar flag from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Shifts are 1 – 2 hours. Sign up and reserve your time now!


WSU Vancouver shield25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

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6 p.m. Friday, November 7
Hilton Vancouver

Annual scholarship and service awards will be announced, and 25 Notable Alumni will be recognized.

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GroundbreakingThe story of WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver was formally established in 1989. This year, WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of progress in providing access to baccalaureate-level education for the people of Southwest Washington and beyond.

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