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.
Graduates will gather with family, friends, faculty, and members of the community to celebrate the achievements each graduate has made while at SPSCC. This year, the College will award 1,859 degrees and certificates to the passionate and diverse graduating class. The average GPA of students graduating is 3.22 and nearly 1,000 of the graduates are earning a transfer degree that allows them to enter a Washington State public university as a junior.
This year’s faculty address will be delivered by History Professor Eric Chase and the student speaker for the event will be Nikita Salas.
Salas enrolled at SPSCC as a Running Start student through Timberline High School and is graduating on Friday with an Associate of Arts degree. Salas has proven to be an outstanding leader and role model on campus and in the community. In 2016, she was elected to serve as an event coordinator for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and lead college-wide efforts to create positive campus experiences that engage students outside of the classroom. In 2017, Salas returned to the CAB in a leadership role and has also been an active participant in programs and events through the College's Diversity and Equity Center, addressing social justice issues on campus and attending a series of Diversity Leadership Institute trainings. She plans to attend Western Washington University in the fall and continue a path of leadership and service in her new community.
The commencement ceremony will draw from the historic academic pageantry and traditions of the Middle Ages, including a bagpipe processional by Olympia Highlanders Pipes and Drums and the cap, gown, and hood typically worn by graduates, faculty, and staff.
Ceremony information and directions can be found on the commencement page.
Graduates, friends, and family can help share the success of SPSCC's class of 2017 on social media with hashtag #proud2Bspscc.
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