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New graduates whoop it up at the 2016 PCC commencement ceremony
Photos and Story by James Hill
On Friday, June 10, a blue sea of graduates converged on Portland’s “Glass Palace” with diplomas in hand and hopes on the minds. It was Portland Community College’s 54th commencement ceremony and more than 5,400 degrees, certificates and awards were handed out, and about 900 students walked in front of thousands of friends, family and community members.
The program was festive and celebratory. It featured Rock Creek President Sandra Fowler-Hill as master of ceremonies with PCC Board Chair Deanna Palm and PCC Interim President Sylvia Kelley providing remarks. An inspiring rendition of the national anthem was performed by graduating student Colleen Kelly. And, Blake Hausman, who teaches composition, literature and creative writing at the Southeast Campus, served as the faculty speaker, while Paula Heine got the crowd energized with her story as student speaker.
View the entire ceremony on PCC’s Youtube channel.
Below are photos from the night’s festivities in case you missed them all. Click on any picture to scroll through entire gallery!