Clark College commencement highlights
Clark College’s 2012 commencement ceremony yesterday evening honored the largest graduating class in its history, with more than 1,700 men and women receiving degrees or certificates. Nearly 670 graduates participated in the college’s 76th commencement ceremony. The keynote speaker was J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran, actor, “Dancing with the Stars” champion, and motivational speaker. To read more about his remarks, click here. Clark College President Robert Knight announced that the college has received the third largest single gift in its history; the Firstenburg Foundation has donated $1.5 million to the college’s dental hygiene program. Knight also announced the names of the recipients of the Exceptional Faculty Awards, given to Mark Bolke, professor of biology, Sunnie Elhart-Johnson, an instructor in business technology, Carson Legree, professor of art, and Spanish instructor Felipe Montoya. Graduate Tami Eldridge was the recipient of the Community College President’s Award. The annual scholarship is given to a Clark College graduate who is transferring to WSU Vancouver and who has demonstrated leadership potential, is community service oriented, and who has a strong academic record.