Peninsula College observes its 51st commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, when it awards more than 571 degrees and certificates to graduates.
Commencement exercises are in the college gymnasium on the main campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, beginning at 2 p.m. A reception immediately follows.
The commencement keynote speaker is Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum; the student speaker is Abigail Jones.
Creachbaum was named superintendent of Olympic National Park in September 2012. She previously was superintendent of Haleakala National Park in Maui and also served as superintendent at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam and American Memorial Park on the island of Saipan. Other stations include Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Saguaro national parks.
Jones is vice president of the Associated Student Council. She was named the Peninsula College Art Feiro Award winner in 2012 as the athlete in women’s basketball who best exemplified leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship. This year, she was named to the NWAACC All-Academic Team for 2012-2013 and also was awarded the NWAACC Academic Leadership Award. This past April she was named Peninsula College Student of the Month and is a President’s Medal Winner and member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The Port Angeles High School Orchestra performs before and during the ceremony, and members of the P.C. Jazz Ensemble perform at the reception in the PUB following commencement.
Guests are advised to arrive early. The doors open at 1 p.m. Should the gymnasium fill, overflow seating will be available in Room M-125 with a video stream of the event.
For family or friends who are unable to attend the ceremony but still would like to be a part of the occasion, the college will provide a live video stream. The Internet telecast will be available at the Peninsula College website on UStream at www.ustream.tv/channel/peninsula-college.
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