Hundreds attend WSU Tri-Cities graduation ceremony

<p>Graduation Ceremony</p>

Graduation Ceremony

About 300 new college graduates from Washington State University Tri-Cities receive their diplomas today in Kennewick.

The college held a graduation ceremony at the Toyota Center this afternoon.

A total of 417 students are graduating this academic year.

Seven students earned doctoral degrees today, 92 received master's degrees.

Earlier today, we caught up with one of the graduates.

Zachary Undag received his degree in mechanical engineering.

He says he's wanted to be a mechanical engineer since he was in the first grade.

Undag has two older brothers and an older sister, but he is the first person in his family to graduate from college.

He says he hopes his accomplishment today will motivate his current and future family to pursue a higher education.

"I do feel that they see me, and that they do possibly take inspiration from my life as well. I always looked up to my brothers when I was a lot younger, but I definitely pursued something different from them. Hopefully, they can take that inspiration and go through college like I did" said Undag.

Undag received more than $20,000 worth of scholarships while at WSU Tri-Cities.

He says he would not be graduating today, if it wasn't for that money.

Undag plans to get a job either in the Tri-Cities or in Seattle.