For Immediate Release
June 8, 2015
Over 400 students will participate in the ceremony, which is a celebration of degree and certificate student completers in addition to those earning their high school credentials. Three hundred and sixty-six degree and certificate students have indicated that they will walk in the ceremony, as well as 43 students earning a high school diploma or GED. That number is likely to increase in the final days before the ceremony. One hundred and twenty five faculty, in addition to college administration, are also expected to participate in the ceremony.
To date, the College has awarded 753 certificate and degree credentials for the year, down slightly from last year's record high of 766. Due largely to economic factors, enrollment peaked at 3,749 State FTE in 2009-10 and has gradually declined to a new normal of about 2,900 FTE over the past several years. Ongoing efforts at the College to increase student success and retention appear to be resulting in higher numbers of graduates.
This year's four Scholastic Achievement Award winners will be recognized during the ceremony. Scholastic Achievement Awards are presented to the students graduating with the highest grade point averages and most rigorous coursework in academic transfer and professional-technical programs.
79th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Friday, June 19, 6:30 pm, Kelso High School Schroeder Field
Gates open for seating at 4:30 pm
Our academic transfer award recipients are Andrew Murray and Nicole Seidl. Both Andrew and Nicole are participants in the Running Start program and are receiving their Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement degrees. Andrew hails from Kelso High School, and Nicole from Castle Rock High School.
Our professional-technical award recipients are Zachary Sarmiento and Amanda Witt. Zachary is receiving his Associate of Applied Science – Transfer degree in Information Technology Systems. Amanda Witt received an Associate of Applied Science – Transfer degree in Nursing and an Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement degree in the fall.