Southwestern Oregon Community College will host its 59th annual commencement at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 12. The college’s “virtual” ceremony will be available for viewing on several online platforms including a livestream at https://livestream.com/accounts/1075958.
“We’re celebrating a turning point in the lives of our 2020 graduating class. They have survived not only the classes required to get their degrees, but also a pandemic that uprooted traditional studies these last three months, and regardless of the obstacle they made it,” said Southwestern President Dr. Patty Scott.
There are a total of 356 graduates from 15 states and five countries. Ten students from area high schools are receiving their associate’s degree along with their high school diplomas.
Brookings — Savannah Addy, Jessica Ambler, Bethany Beer, Lauren Cotten, Cara Dailey, Victoria Edwards, Sharon Fitzgerald, Garrett Foyil, Cassidy Freels, Paul Goodell, Matthew Howland, Hannah Johnson, Moriah Koch, Ayembria Lopez, Donna Miller-Crabtree, Brittney Nelson, Julie Nelson, Halle Ostman, Christy Reynolds, Carmen Swift and Deshawn White.
Gold Beach — Mercedes Allen, Jonathan Aranda, Scott Battleson, Madeline Beem and Autumn Mays.
Langlois — Anders Foster.
Port Orford — Cissy Williams, Anthony Williams and Katie Witt.
Smith River — Rebecca Hall.
Graduates will leave Southwestern with a variety of degrees and certificates in science, business, arts and other fields. Of the graduates, 172 have earned Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer and will move on to bachelor’s degree programs; 115 will receive Associate of Applied Science degrees; 131 will receive Associate of General Studies degrees; 128 Associate of Science degrees. In addition, 78 students also earned Certificates of Completion in specialized career technical areas.
Additionally, 20 students have obtained bachelor’s degrees, three earned a master’s degree, and one a doctorate, through the college’s University Center in partnership with the Oregon University System. Three teacher licenses from the Southern Oregon University partnership will be awarded this year. Some students will receive more than one degree.