South Puget Sound Community College will celebrate more than 1,400 graduates from over 50 degree and certificate programs at Olympia High School's Ingersoll Stadium on Friday evening. The College's 52nd commencement ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 16, 2017. This year’s faculty address will be delivered by History Professor Eric Chase and the student speaker for the event will be Nikita Salas.
It has been another year of incredible student successes, college awards, and faculty and staff growth at SPSCC. While our list of achievements and proud moments far exceed a "top 10" list, we've done our best to highlight some of our favorite memories from this past year.
Four students representing SPSCC put their skills to the test and brought home medals after the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership and Skills Postsecondary Spring Conference. SkillsUSA is a nationwide organization supporting students as they prepare for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations.
SPSCC has earned a spot in the top 50 community colleges in the nation, according to a recent ranking published by College Choice. Listed as the 41st best community college for 2016-2017, SPSCC was awarded the ranking based on academic quality, diversity and equity, and return on investment. “We believe these fifty schools represent the best of what can be a wise decision for many prospective college students,” stated the article.
South Puget Sound Community College hosted the 22nd annual All-Washington Academic Team ceremony on Thursday, March 23, and honored two of its most distinguished students. Marina Bae Graham and Gyanna Lam were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, extracurricular experiences, and their roles within the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
The historical 2016-2017 Clippers Men’s Basketball season came to an end on Friday, March 10, when the Clippers lost to the RiverHawks of Umpqua Community College 66-53 at Everett Community College. The Clippers were the lone Regional Champion to advance to the Elite 8 of the NWAC Championship.
Clippers Women’s Basketball wrapped up their 2016-2017 season March 1 at home versus western region champion Lower Columbia, falling in a tight contest to the Red Devils 69-58. The home finale also served as the last game in a Clipper uniform for seven sophomores; they were recognized prior to the start of the game at “Sophomore Night”.
Savannah McGill and the South Puget Sound Clippers [women] ended their season tonight and what a season it was for McGill. The 6' 1" sophomore forward out of River Ridge High School in nearby Lacey, WA tallied 34 points for the Clippers, but more importantly McGill registered 18 rebounds to help her to break two more NWAC rebounding records.
No one has beaten South Puget Sound Community College in the NWAC West Region so far. It became obvious very quickly Wednesday night that Grays Harbor wasn’t going to be the first as the Clippers raced away to a 98-60 home victory over the Chokers.
One South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) faculty member has earned the 2016 Teacher Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College (TESC). Math professor Neesha Patel was honored for making a significant impact on the lives of her students.
Each year, the Provost at TESC invites incoming students to nominate a teacher that has made the biggest difference in their education. This year, SPSCC’s Patel was identified as a winner based on a nomination written by SPSCC graduate John Morris. Patel was recognized by SPSCC president Tim Stokes and the Board of Trustees at their last board meeting on Jan. 10.