Blue Mountain Community College,
Date: June 11, 2010
Contact: Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Blue Mountain Community College celebrated its 48th commencement on Friday, June 11, in the McCrae Activity Center with an audience of over 1,000 family members and friends.
One hundred forty-nine students entered the auditorium to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance followed by Amanda Tullis’ violin rendition of the national anthem. Twelve students received their general educational development diplomas, 20 earned career-technical certificates, 57 completed their associate of arts degree, and 60 received associate of science degrees. BMCC board chairman Doug Voyles presented the diplomas, after student speakers Amber Williams and Chris Ackerman talked about their college experience.
Williams talked about the support she had received so the four-letter word ‘quit’ was not something she had to experience first hand. Chris Ackerman described himself as being ‘too smart for college’ when he graduated high school then, after working 15 years, he found that no degree equaled no promotion. Ackerman ended with advice that "it’s never too late to go back to college.’
Guest speaker and 1984 BMCC alumnus Craig Sipp has been a professional engineer since 1993 and is currently a project manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He challenged the graduates to develop a desire to learn something every day and to realize that their life purpose may play out different than expected, and often in a way that is more valuable.
Nearly 300 students received degrees from Blue Mountain Community College this academic year.