COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) hosts its 53rd annual commencement on Friday, June 13, 2014.
The 2014 Class includes 234 graduates from 18 states and two countries. Graduates will leave Southwestern with a variety of degrees and certificates in science, business, arts and other fields. One-hundred-thirty-nine graduates have earned Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer degrees and will move on to bachelor’s degree programs; 117 will receive Associate of Applied Science degrees; 76 will receive Associate of General Studies degrees; 94 Associate of Science degrees; and 52 students also earned Certificates of Completion.
Nineteen students have obtained bachelor’s degrees and three earned master’s degrees through the college’s University Center in partnership with the Oregon University System. Some students will receive more than one degree.
“Our graduates come from all over Oregon and the USA. We are happy we inspired them to pursue their interests and reach their goals,” said SWOCC President Dr. Patty Scott.
The SWOCC graduation’s processional and musical opening will be performed by the Bay Area Concert Band and directed by Mark Allen. College President Dr. Patty Scott will provide the welcoming remarks and introductions. Board of Education Chair Marcia Jensen and Faculty Senate Vice Chair Bernadette Kapocias will offer greetings.
Charlie Kloss, this year’s Associated Student Government President, will provide the commencement address and Dr. Scott will present the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award to Boyd Bjorkquist of North Bend. Dr. Ross Tomlin and Marcia Jensen will present and confer the Southwestern graduates. Presentation of the University Center Degrees will be made by individual institution. Dr. Patty Scott will conclude the evening with the tassel ceremony and the presentation of the Class of 2014.
Sign language interpretation will be provided for the ceremony, which is a ticketed event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Coos Campus Prosper Hall gymnasium, 1988 Newmark Ave. Graduates and their guests are also invited to attend a reception in the Recreation Center gymnasium following the program. Overflow seating is available in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, where the event will be shown live on the theater screen. The event will also be streamed live on www.socc.edu by clicking on the red “Event Streaming” icon on the lower right side of SWOCC’s home webpage.
The college offers an opportunity for people to commemorate their college experience or special individuals by purchasing an engraved Legacy Brick that will be permanently placed in the Henry Hansen Union Square on the Coos Bay Campus. Minimum donations for a 4x8-inch and 8x8-inch brick are $100 and $200, respectively. Graduating students can order their own bricks and preserve a place in SWOCC’s history for 25% off of the normal minimum donation through June 30. Proceeds of the Legacy Brick project support Southwestern students and alumni through the Laker Club Alumni Association.
Southwestern Oregon Community College leads and inspires lifelong learning through its campuses on the south Oregon coast in Coos and Curry counties, and through its University Center. For more information, visit www.socc.edu.