College graduation

University of Washington

For the third year in a row, the University of Washington Bothell is set to graduate the largest class ever. The 25-year-old branch struggled to take off in early days, but now is growing fast.

Eighteen hundred UW Bothell students will don cap and gown this weekend on the main campus in Seattle. For nearly a third of those graduates, it will be a moment of pride – they’ll be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree. UW Bothell Vice Chancellor Susan Jeffords says an emphasis on small class size is attracting first-generation college attendees.

A new study from the group Complete College America says that despite years of increasing enrollments at colleges around the country, the number of students finishing college is stagnant.