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Commencement set for June 14
Posted: 6/7/2013 Centralia College will hold its 2013 commencement on Friday, June 14, beginning at 4 p.m. This year, more than 600 students are eligible to receive their degree or certificate and about 260 are expected to take part in the outdoor ceremony.

The ceremony will be held on the field north of the college clocktower, located in the center of campus, and will take place regardless weather conditions. There is no limit on the number of guests a graduate may invite.

The commencement reception will be held in the Student Center Building following commencement.

Keynote speaker is former Third Congressional District Congressman Brian Baird who served from 1999 until 2011. Since leaving Congress, Baird has served as senior vice-president for government affairs at Vigor Industrial and taught course at the University of Washington. Baird has just been named president of Antioch University Seattle and will begin duties there July 1.

Also speaking will be Laura Dowling, the college’s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Dowling serves as the chief floral designer for the White House, appointed to the position by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009.

The processional, led by senior faculty member Beverley Gestrine, will begin at 3:50 p.m. as students walk from the Health and Wellness Center (gym), west on the Aadland Esplanade and into the seating area. The formal program will begin with welcoming remarks and introductions by Dr. Jim Walton, college president.

Stephanie Schiele, current president of the Associated Students of Centralia College, will give the student address. Recipients of the Outstanding Student Award, Michelle Kearns, Robert Lund, Edward Riley, Colleen Suter, and Sarahann Swain will then be introduced.

Commencement will tentatively be broadcast on Cable TV, Channel 3; Stan Giske of Giske Image Design will be on hand to take individual grad photos, which will be available for purchase.

The reception sponsored by Student Life and Involvement Center (SLIC) will follow in the cafeteria.


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