first_img 906 total graduates.760 bachelor’s candidates.133 master’s candidates.13 doctoral candidates.• What: WSU Vancouver graduation. Covered, outdoor venue; umbrellas are not allowed. Concessions will be available. Accommodations for deaf and hearing-impaired guests will be available. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance.• When: 1 p.m. Saturday. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m.; seating opens at 11:30 a.m.• Where: Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.• Cost: Free, public event. No tickets required.• Information: WSUV commencementBecki Roggenkamp knew something was wrong with her toddler. He couldn’t carry a two-way conversation, and he made up words for objects. He was at the age to enter preschool, but he couldn’t sing a nursery rhyme or say his ABCs.“Specialists told me: ‘Brace yourself. He probably will never learn how to read or write,’” Roggenkamp said.They said Tanner Roggenkamp should plan to attend trade school and work as a manual laborer.“Thank goodness I was young and naive,” Becki Roggenkamp said. “My only thought was, ‘Well, what do we do about it?’”Instead of accepting that prognosis, she found help for her son.The La Center man is graduating from Washington State University Vancouver on Saturday with a bachelor of arts degree in human development.“It’s been a journey,” Becki Roggenkamp said. “Everything that came easily to others, he had to work twice as hard. I’m so proud of him.”Their pediatrician recommended that her son be tested at the Hearing and Speech Institute in Portland. The preschooler had a severe language delay called auditory processing disorder. Simply put, his ears and brain don’t work well together, so he can’t process information he hears the same way other people do.“It never really put me in a depressed state,” Tanner Roggenkamp said. “It just made me want to push hard and prove others wrong.” Tanner Roggenkamp, left, listens during a human development class at WSUV. Doctors and teachers said Roggenkamp probably would never learn how to read or write. He proved them wrong. He’s graduating Saturday from WSU Vancouver.last_img read more