“Believing in the future” Clark honors nearly 600
Belief in the future was the theme of Clark College’s 2011 commencement ceremony as the college honored the largest graduating class in its history. Nearly 600 graduates participated in the ceremony, which was held on Thursday, June 16, at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield.
The college celebrated the achievements of more than 1,500 men and women who earned degrees and certificates at Clark College during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Honor student Jacquelyn Patching was the first Running Start graduate from the Washington State School for the Blind.
During the ceremony, Clark College President Robert K. Knight announced the names of the recipients of the 2011 Exceptional Faculty Awards. The 2011 honorees are Laura Demeri, a part-time health and physical education instructor; Kimberly Karaman, a part-time math instructor; Julian Nelson, professor of German; Dr. Marcia Roi, professor of Addiction Counselor Education; and Ann Snyder, who recently retired from Clark’s women’s studies program.
Inva Begolli of Woodland was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Community College President’s Award. That scholarship is given to a Clark College graduate who is transferring to a WSU Vancouver degree program and who has demonstrated leadership potential, is community service oriented, and who has a strong academic record.
Knight announced that, for the first time, two finalists would also receive scholarships, provided by donor support to the Clark College Foundation. Shaynne Goodwin and Tabitha Michele-Marie Stokes, both of Vancouver, will receive scholarships to “bridge the gap beyond financial aid, ensuring that tuition and fees for both recipients will be covered for the next two years at WSU Vancouver.”
The ceremony included special remarks and a moment of silence in honor of Dean of Enrollment Services Alex Montoya, who died on Saturday, June 11. Knight announced that, in Montoya’s honor, the Clark College Foundation has established a full scholarship for a Hispanic student to attend Clark College.
Dr. Donna Beegle, a national poverty expert, was the keynote speaker for the event.