Global Cougs Graduation Gala Honors Students

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Office of International Programs celebrated approximately 150 Washington State University graduates, Thursday, May 5 at Ensminger Pavilion during the Global Cougs Graduation Gala.

The event honored the University’s international students, as well as students who have had a global experience, including earning a Global Leadership Certificate and studying abroad.

The Ka Yan Tang Award, given annually to an international student who is active at WSU and in the community, was presented to Sreenath Panchagnula, the 2015-16 executive vice president of the International Students’ Council.

Nuvan Athukorala, WSU class of 1984, provided the keynote speech. Athukorala earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in Pullman and a master’s degree in finance at Georgia State University.

Currently, Athukorala is the director of global portfolio management at Epoch Investment Partners, Inc., in New York City.

A native of Sri Lanka, Athukorala’s message to the graduates focused on taking the skills they have learned at WSU and finding a passion in their future.

Athukorala stated, “If you love what you do, an hour will seem like five minutes. If it does not resonate with you, five minutes will seem like an hour.”