Klamath Community College is pleased to announce that more than 100 graduates are expected to participate in this year’s commencement ceremony. The ceremony, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, will be held outdoors on campus at the college.
One of the highlights of this year’s commencement ceremony will be the involvement of Oregon State University. Through a degree partnership program in agriculture, students are able to transition from KCC to OSU’s Bachelor of Science program in Agricultural Sciences and earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving Klamath Falls.
The first student to complete this program, Rebecca Brooksher, will be recognized during the commencement ceremony with OSU’s Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Dan Arp, and OSU’s Vice Provost of Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Scott Reed, in attendance.
The 2013-2014 academic year also included the inaugural cohort of students attending KCC through the Advanced Diploma Program. In partnership with local K-12 school districts, the Advanced Diploma Program offers students the opportunity to attend one year of college classes at KCC at no charge to the student.
By taking advantage of dual credit opportunities during high school and making the most of his year in the Advanced Diploma Program, one student, Jonathan Reynoso, will be receiving both an Associate of Applied Science degree from KCC as well as his high school diploma from Mazama High School. Klamath County School District Superintendent Greg Thede will be on hand to present Reynoso with his high school diploma.
“These two examples illustrate the effective educational partnerships that we’ve forged in recent years,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “By utilizing dual credit and the Advanced Diploma Program, students in the Klamath Basin can earn an associate degree in almost any field with little to no out-of-pocket expenses. Meanwhile, students who want to continue their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree have many opportunities to do that as well.”
Many of this year’s graduates are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university in the fall, continuing a strong tradition of KCC students transferring to earn bachelor’s degrees. “We are very proud of the fact that, among Oregon’s 17 community colleges, we have one of the highest rates of students who transfer to four-year institutions,” Dr. Gutierrez stated. “It’s always exciting to see another group of graduates move on. Whether this marks the culmination of their academic pursuits or they will be furthering their education elsewhere, we are very proud of all our graduates,” he continued. Others will be seeking work in their field of study while a handful of graduates have already found work in their field despite still having courses to complete.
The featured speaker at this year’s ceremony will be Dr. Nancy Golden, Chief Education Officer for the State of Oregon. With more than 35 years of experience in education, Dr. Golden has held a number of positions in K-12, higher education, and the Governor’s Office. “I am honored to share the keynote at the upcoming Klamath Community College commencement,” Dr. Golden said. “The college and surrounding community have demonstrated tremendous leadership and collaboration in decreasing barriers to college participation and access that often exist in rural Oregon. Ensuring that more students graduate is a critical component of reaching our 40-40-20 goal in Oregon, and I am thrilled to be able to share this special moment with the students, their families and the faculty of the college.”
Friends and family of the graduates—as well as the general public—are invited to attend the event.