ceremonies at Clackamas Community College this week will honor hundreds of
students earning degrees and certificates, as well as those completing their
General Educational Development (GED) and Adult High School Diplomas.
This year at CCC,
488 students earned a GED, and 48 completed their Adult High School Diplomas.
The youngest of those earning GEDs and high school diplomas is 16, and the
oldest is 61. During the Thursday night graduation ceremonies, two students
will be recognized for their achievements: Brittany Dorsey, earning the Adult
High School Diploma, and Denise Steel, who is earning her GED.
During the 2011-12
academic year, 1,411 students earned degrees or certificates at CCC. The
youngest of those graduates is 16, and the oldest is 69 years old. More than
480 students earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) between 3.5 and
3.989, and 179 students earned a perfect 4.0.
At Friday’s degree
and certificate ceremony, several students will be recognized for their
accomplishments at CCC. They are:
- Blaine Gobler, earning a transfer degree. Gobler is an honor roll student, active
in Phi Theta Kappa, and an Associated Student Government officer. He plans
to transfer to the University of Oregon and study dentistry.
- Tolu Oyedeji-Oyetunde earned her high school degree from
Clackamas Middle College on June 4, and she is earning her general studies
degree at CCC. She will transfer to University of Oregon and begin
- Tina Wecks is graduating with a degree in Human
Services and a certificate in Gerontology. She’s headed to Marylhurst
University to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work.
- Georgia Heimlich is graduating with a degree in Human
Services and a certificate in Gerontology and plans to transfer to
Portland State to work toward a career in social work. She and Tina Wecks
served as interns in the CCC Vet Center and helped to create the Pay It
Forward grant program to help veterans in need.
- Paulino Cervantes is graduating with an associate’s
degree in collision repair and finishing. He has opened his own automotive
- Amy Phillips has been on the honor roll for the past
two years, and is graduating with both an AAOT and a general studies
degree. She will attend Portland State in the fall and has been accepted
into their Child and Family Studies program. Phillips plans to pursue a
career in social work and would like to provide outreach education for
- Gordon Christiansen, a grandfather and former auto
mechanic, is graduating from the CCC Digital Multimedia Communication
program and plans to attend Portland State in the fall. He is currently
working on several film and video projects and plans to own a film
- The Clackamas County
Master Gardener Association will be honored as the Distinguished Friends of the College. The
Master Gardener Association created an endowment with the CCC Foundation
in 1999. Since that time, the endowment has provided 40 full tuition
scholarships to Clackamas horticulture students at the college.
For more information
about graduation, please visit the CCC graduation website at http://www2.clackamas.edu/graduation/.