Southwestern Oregon Community College hosted its 57th annual commencement Friday.

The class includes 390 graduates from 22 states and six countries. Graduates leave Southwestern with a variety of degrees and certificates in science, business, arts and other fields.

Graduates have earned 186 Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) and six Associates of Science Oregon Transfer (ASOT) degrees and will move on to bachelor’s degree programs; 160 will receive Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees; 125 will receive Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees; 116 Associate of Science (AS) degrees; and 145 students also earned Certificates of Completion.

Capitalizing on Southwestern’s University Center in partnership with the Oregon University System, students are able to remain on the south Oregon Coast and pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In 2018, two students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and early childhood education from Eastern Oregon University. Also, two students will receive master’s degrees in education and one student a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Oregon University.

Students graduating from Curry County include:


Elizabeth Archibald, AAS nursing, AAOT, AGS and AS; Amanda Castro AGS and AS; Kia Collins, certificate for welding; Caitlin Gotfried, ASOT busines, AAOT and AGS; Darcie Gutierrez, AAOT and AS; Stephanie Harbison, AAOT; Autumn Henry, AAOT; Justin Holmes, AAS paramedicine; Michael Holmes, AAOT, AGS and AS; Kendall Hoover, AAS baking and pastry arts, certificate for baking and pastry arts, AAS baking management, AAOT and AGS; Deborah Jacquez, AAOT, AGS and AS; Katie Lemos, AAS nursing; Raena Myers, AAS nursing; April Olsen, AAOT and AGS; Halle Ostman, AAOT, AGS and AS; Carolina Rios, certificate for medical clerical; Briana Rucker, AAOT; Brenden Sparks, certificate for welding; Jamie Tomlinson, AAOT and AGS; Kambri Weber, AAS nursing; Mark Wiegand, AAOT; Derek Wood, certificate for emergency medical technician (EMT) and AAS EMT — paramedic.

Gold Beach

Sarah Bennett, AAOT and AS; Kirk Geary, AAOT; Maria Goodman, AGS; Angela Hofmaster, AAS CIS digital design and certificate for digital design; Woodrow Mayer, AAS CIS digital design; Caren Remy Vastine, AAOT, AGS and AS; Yenifer Santiago Gonzalez, AAS nursing; Kira Scott, AAOT and AGS; Kyle Wallace, AAS CIS digital design and certificate for digital design.


Isaac Donaldson, AAS welding.

Port Orford

Brittany Kreutzer, certificate for dental assisting; Katie Witt, AAOT and AGS.