WSU Tri-Cities Graduation

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A record number of students from Washington State University Tri-Cities graduated Friday at the Toyota Center.

438 students received diplomas in front of an estimated 3,000 people.

This is the first four-year class of graduates since the school transitioned to a four-year university in 2007.

Christopher Leise, Business Administration, is the first ever deaf student to graduate from the university, and he is excited to be a part of the celebration.

"I am very excited to be here," Leise said. "I hope that I can inspire other people from the deaf community to go to college."

The keynote speaker for the graduation is Drew Bledsoe, a former Cougar quarterback that was the first pick in the 1993 NFL draft.

Bledsoe said his message is simple, but he hopes to make an impression on the graduates.

"It's gonna mostly be about decision making," Bledsoe said. "I mean these guys are graduating, they are moving off into the big, wide world, just to share some ideas about how I've made decisions that I've made in my life, should be fun."

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