For Immediate Release
June 8, 2015

Lower Columbia College 79th Annual Commencement Ceremony

This year's Commencement speaker is Dr. Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor for Washington State University Vancouver. Dr. Netzhammer is the second chancellor at WSUV and has been at his post since the summer of 2012. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Over 400 Students to Participate

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.

Scholastic Achievement Award

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.

Academic Transfer Award 

 79th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 19, 6:30 pm, Kelso High School Schroeder Field

Gates open for seating at 4:30 pm


Important information for participants


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.

Professional Technical Award

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.

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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