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For Immediate Release

June 15, 2018

Lower Columbia College's 82nd annual Commencement will take place on Friday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Kelso High School's Schroeder Field.

This year's Commencement speaker is Max Anderson, owner and operator (with brother John Anderson) of Anderson & Anderson, an investment advisory firm located in Longview. Anderson served a combined 17 years on the LCC Foundation Board and Board of Trustees. He is also a former coach of the women's soccer team. Anderson & Anderson currently serves as the investment advisory firm for the LCC Foundation.

Approximately 375 LCC students are expected to participate in the ceremony, which is a celebration of degree and certificate student completers in addition to those earning their high school credentials. Over a hundred faculty and staff, in addition to college administration, will also be in attendance. Approximately 2,000 guests are also expected.

LCC is expecting to award the following credentials this year (numbers subject to grade verification at the end of spring quarter):

  • Associate Degrees: 527 (this figure includes 149 Running Start students who are earning a high school diploma and associate degree concurrently)
  • Certificates: 32
  • High School Diplomas: 111
  • GED Certificates: 15

LCC's four Scholastic Achievement Award winners for the year will be recognized during the ceremony. Scholastic Achievement Awards are presented to the students graduating with the highest grade point average and most rigorous coursework in academic transfer and professional-technical programs. The four winners were selected from a group of 20 LCC students graduating this year with 4.0 grade point averages.

Award Recipients:

  • Roxanne Frasier. Roxanne is receiving an Associate in Applied Science-Accounting Technician degree. She is a hard-working mom in a blended family of seven who returned to college after many years to finish her degree. After graduation, she will continue to work as an office manager for a local construction company, where she has taken on a broader range of job responsibilities due to her studies. She will return to LCC in the fall to help other students through LCC's tutoring center and continue to take ceramics classes, a passion she discovered while fulfilling distribution requirements for her degree program.
  • Caitlin Giamello. Caitlin is receiving an Associate in Nursing-Major Related Pathway degree. She worked as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) for ten years before enrolling in the nursing program at LCC. She is transferring to Western Governors University to complete her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Her career goal is to be an intensive care nurse.
  • Jacob Klopp. Jacob is receiving an Associate in Business-Major Related Pathway degree. He was inspired to earn a degree in business by a manager who went out of their way to make life better for him and everyone else in the organization. He strives to be the kind of leader that makes a difference in people's lives. Jacob will attend Washington State University-Vancouver in the fall, where he plans to earn a bachelor's degree in business.
  • Daron Wallace. Daron is receiving an Associate in Applied Science-Accounting Technician degree. He is a former commercial truck driver and steel mill worker. A serious back injury led him to Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation, and from there he made his way to LCC to retrain for a new career. Daron plans to earn a second associate degree in business management before transferring to a four-year accounting program. His goal is to work as a fraud investigator or internal auditor.

Graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception sponsored by the LCC Foundation following the ceremony.

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