More than 420 students participated
in two graduation ceremonies at Clackamas Community College last week – a
record number for the college. Ninety-three students took part in Thursday’s
GED and Adult High School Diploma ceremony, while 318 students participated in
Friday’s degree and certificate ceremony.
In 2013, 415 total students earned
the GED (General Education Development). The oldest person earning a GED was
64, and the youngest was 16. Twelve students earned an Adult High School
During the 2012-13 academic year,
CCC conferred 1,520 degrees and certificates. The oldest student earning a
degree or certificate is 69, and the youngest student is 17. One hundred
graduates earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, and 542 earned a
cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 3.989.
Each year a number of students,
nominated by their instructors, are recognized for their achievements during
graduation. Some of these students are academic achievers while others have
overcome great personal obstacles to receive their degree, certificate or
diploma. This year’s honored students are:
- Nelva Ramirez Sierra, who came to this country as a teenager
and began working in the fields picking fruit. She earned her GED.
- Anthony Morales, a former homeless man, who earned a GED at 33
and went on to earn his degree in Water and Environmental Technology at
- Jeremy Hutson, completed his nursing degree after returning to
school at 40. He has been a leader involving nursing students in service
- Suzanne Richards
- escaped a violent relationship five years
ago. Through her classes and instructors at CCC she rebuilt her life and
graduated with a degree in human services.
- Pam Kedev started taking CCC classes at CCC as a sophomore at
Clackamas Middle College. She is one of two students at CCC recognized by
Gov. John Kitzhaber as part of the All Oregon Academic Team.
- Jeffrey Kesterson entered CCC’s manufacturing program after
losing his job in the retail industry. He has earned several scholarships,
earned a 4.0 GPA and was part of the All Oregon Academic Team.
Another highlight of the graduation
ceremony Friday was the final concert of vocal instructor Lonnie Cline. He has
worked with CCC for 32 years.
For information about graduation at
CCC, please contact Janis Rosenlof at 503-594-3022.