2018 Pierce College Graduation
Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for presentation of colors by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command Color Guard, followed by the national anthem. Please be seated. For 51 years, Pierce College has been creating possibilities for our diverse and changing communities. As the largest institution of higher education in the South Sound, we have 4,130 individuals who are eligible to receive their applied baccalaureate and associate degrees, certificates and diplomas this year. It is the largest number we have conferred. Our commitment to student success through quality education and teaching excellence is at the center of all that we do. Good afternoon, I’m Michele Johnson and I’m the Chancellor of the Pierce College District. Today we come together, our family, friends, trustees, faculty and staff, to honor you, our graduates. I’d like to take this opportunity to first introduce the stage party who are here with me today and will recognize and celebrate you, our students. First, our board of trustees. Our board chair, Mr. Amadeo Tiam. Vice chair, Ms. Angie Condon. And trustee, Ms. Jackie Rosenblack. The members of our executive team include our Puyallup interim president, Dr. Jean Hernandez. Our vice presidents of learning and student success, Dr. Debra Gilchrist, Fort Steilacoom, and Dr. Matthew Campbell, Puyallup. Our honorary degree recipient, Ms. Grace Koopmans. Our faculty members: sociology professor Dr. Daniel Suh, philosophy professor Ms. Emily Klobaki, and Pierce College Federation of Teachers and professor of geology Ms. Beth Norman. And probably the two most important people, our student body presidents. Mr. Elijah Ellis, Fort Steilacoom, and Mr. Garrett Bowen, Puyallup. You know, being part of a learning community is both a privilege and a responsibility. At Pierce College, we know it is critical that you are students develop a set of core abilities that will serve you well in respective of your chosen pathway. The ability to think critically, creatively and reflectively. To be able to use, identify and analyze information. To effectively communicate and to value and understand multip…excuse me, multiple perspectives and to recognize the impact of one’s own actions and to take responsibility for them. These are essential for you to thrive in an evolving world. As a college, a community and a nation We are facing many challenges. Challenges are requiring us to commit to our goals, equity, diversity and inclusion. I encourage you to engage in your community and to take responsibility for helping to find solutions. This is my 40th Pierce College commencement. And what I know about you our students that you come to us from many different places, with many stories. And together you weave a colorful tapestry of common and contrasting threads. 62% of you are the first in your family to go to college. And some of you have had a running start and will graduate from both college and high school at the same time. The youngest among you is 16, and the oldest is 74. Some of you have never been out of Pierce County and others of you have come from places around the world and had to first master English to begin your studies. And some of you are blessed with full mobility and ease of learning and others of you have had to conquer barriers and disabilities. And many of you have served or are serving our country in the armed forces and we salute you. The door of the community college and the power, passion and possibilities of Pierce College is an incredible opportunity to learn from one another, to persist, to overcome and to excel. This year for the first time we will be conferring bachelor of applied science degrees in both homeland security emer…emergency management, and in teaching, along with our graduates in dental hygiene. Through my many years at Pierce College, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of an institution that is committed to improving the human condition, and for the words of Dr. Mila Angelou capture the essence of our human condition, and I want to share some of her words with you that I believe speak to the work that we are doing together. Their words of resilience, of creativity and generosity. So with resilience, she writes “You may not control all the events that happened here but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” And so graduates your success here today is living proof of your resilience. Regarding creativity she says “My mission in life is not merely to survive but thrive and to do so with passion, humor and style.” You know, thriving is at the core of the Pierce College mission. It says that we are here to create quality educational opportunities for our diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. And with that, in terms of your journey, generosity is the other key component and Dr. Angelou states “You can see in others what they don’t see in themselves and what the world doesn’t see in them. We all have that possibility, that potential and that promise of seeing beyond the seeming.” And with that, I would like to say to you, go forward graduates and live the possibilities. Congratulations. Welcome and congratulations Pierce graduates. You’ve made it. You made it through struggling to find parking everyday, every all-nighter you’ve pulled, Red Bull you’ve chugged and stressful group project you’ve gone through. My name is Garrett and it has been my absolute honor to serve as your associated students of Pierce College Puyallup president. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my time here at Pierce, its that you can’t do it alone. First off, I wanted to say that my experience here at Pierce has been absolutely life changing. As a first generation college student, I was incredibly intimidated by the idea of college and frankly Pierce scared me. I did pretty terrible in high school and I had no reason to think that would change at college. But I wanted a fresh start, I ended up becoming so comfortable and supportive by my professors as well as the student clubs I was a part of that I started doing great with my education. I got so much out of Pierce and I wanted to give back and that’s why I signed up as the student body president and that’s why I’ve been productive in serving students. The truth is though that Pierce has given me far more then I could ever give back, and for that I am incredibly grateful. I would now like to thank all of the family and friends here today for all the ways that you’ve helped. Whether that was giving advice when we were stressed about finals, picking up our chores when we were busy during finals or watching children when school got too busy. Or if you financially helped a student here today. Thank you for all of your love and support that made graduating today a possibility. Next I would like to thank our college administration, and not just the chancellor and the presidents though their leadership has been incredibly vital, but also the vice presidents. Matt Campbell, Choi Halladay, Deb Gilchrist, and Diedre Suallo as well as all the deans. Your leadership has inspired others to make Pierce an amazing place to be a student. I also wanted to thank all the faculty that have put in hard work in the name of helping us students succeed. I know that many of you sometimes don’t feel that your hard work that you put in gets noticed, and I want to make sure that doesn’t happen today because the students we do notice when a professor goes above and beyond. For me that professor was Professor Lambert, who always preferred to be called Aly. Aly based her assignments and her teaching style based off student feedback and was transparent about everything she did. I saw that she carefully considered if her methods helped students and sometimes had to make tough decisions in the name of student success. I’d go to her sometimes several days in a row with silly question after silly question, and I always if she’d be worried with me…or annoyed with me. Every time she welcomed me with a smile and a helpful attitude and because of that I learned so much from that class. I even made it on the president’s list for the first time. Most importantly, she cared. And I want her to know she is noticed. Many professors in here have put in similar effort in their work and I want them, and while I can’t name each and every one of you, I want you to know you were noticed as well. Undeniably many of us students wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the extra care that professors put into their work. I’d now like to speak about all of us who didn’t get here so easily. Many, if not all of us, have faced some huge barriers as students that it made it very difficult to get here. Those barriers can be here at Pierce, but are often in our lives outside of school. A classmate and friend of mine spent some time homeless, taking a full time credit load and working a job at the same time, yet she put in hard work, excelled in her classes and made it into the highly competitive program she was aiming for. Myself, I’ve been struggling with my identity throughout my time at Pierce in addition to class and work. Many of you have struggled to make end’s meet. The stereotypes behind broke college students are far too true for many of us. I once heard former state representative Larry Sequist say that the community college student often has 2 classes, 2 jobs, 2 kids and too little time. These challenges are not the image the typical college student and we have had to go above and beyond to meet those challenges, and go above and beyond what’s expected of us to do that. I want you to know that those difficult experiences may seem pointless or you may feel like things just sucked, but really those challenges may be the most valuable experiences you’ve had. It’s important that you know this, and that you relate it to the fact that this was not practice for the real world. All of these challenges and struggles were the real world. Adding on to what I said about the barriers we face, I’d like to share one piece of advice I found helpful for others and for myself. My advice can be best described by a quote from my favorite high school teacher. He said, “You gotta risk it, to get the biscuit.” Basically, you have to put yourself out there, and I know that’s probably the most cliche thing you’ll hear at a graduation speech, but that’s probably because it holds a lot of truth. Think of all your major accomplishments. Were most of them comfortable for you? Probably not? Great accomplishments take great risks. An example would be the moon landing. For the astronauts of Apollo 11 to think about all the failures before, knowing that several astronauts died on the same mission. That must have been extremely difficult. The risks in that case were incredibly great but the astronauts of the Apollo 11 let the previous failures define their fate. They used those failures to guide them towards accomplishing their greatest accomplishment. I’d like to think that all of us graduating today have our greatest accomplishments ahead of us. Are you going to let your failures or hardships characterize you? Or are you going to use those experiences as strengths that will propel you towards accomplishing your goals. Time is counting down and as we sit here today, ready to launch into the next phase of our lives. I wanted to end with a question. What will your moon landing be? Thank you. Thank you Garrett. My name is Elijah Ellis, and for the last time, I am the Associated Students of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom student government president. Today we stand on the precipice of both an ending and a beginning. This marks the end of a journey as members of 2018 graduating class of Pierce College. And begins the first steps onto the road that lies ahead. Whether it be university transfer, a jump into the workforce or something else entirely. We stand together one last time to share this moment of celebration and commemoration. Celebration of our achievements, the relationships we’ve made and the memories we’ve shared. Though our paths have all been laden with different obstacles, we come together today in a time of reflection to take a breath before taking the next step that lies ahead. If you would’ve told me when I walked through those doors at Pierce College for the first time that I’d be standing before all of you giving this speech, I would’ve looked at you all like you were crazy. After taking a 7 year break from high school and college, I expected to come to class, finish my degree and continue on with life. Instead I found a home at Pierce College. I found a purpose and I found a community. There’s so many people that I have to thank for being where I am today. My parents, my brother for being the strongest support system in even the most challenging of times, countless professors and faculty members who pushed me to excel, pushed me to be the student I knew I could be, Cameron Cox and Ally Maro for giving me the opportunity in Student Life to find the purpose at Pierce, and to the members of my Student Life team, Anica, Ayana, Candice, Kaitlyn, Patrick, Alisha, Will, Yo, Sabrina, Jan, Lee and Raymond. 12 people who became my second family and brought out all these in me that I never thought that I had. John F. Kennedy once said, “Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try, and in today’s world we must embrace every opportunity we have to positively acknowledge those individuals who’ve made that decision.” As student government president of the Associated Students of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, I’ve been honored with the opportunity of witnessing great accomplishments. Not only from my peers, but from members of the faculty and staff as well. Over the last 2 years, the Pierce College community has become a second home. The place has provided me with the opportunity to make connections and see countless others accomplish their dreams, goals and aspirations. An education from Pierce College has opened the doors for me to opportunities that in this point in my life I did not think were possible. Pierce has allowed me to carry on with my education, providing me a path that was both flexible to my schedule and beneficial to my overall success. The support and guidance that I have received from the Pierce College community has been rewarding and inspiring experience that can be tailored to the specific needs of any student that walks through these doors. If I can take just one lesson from my time at Pierce to pass on not only to my fellow graduates but to everyone in this room, it would be this. Never doubt that it is too late in your life to accomplish your dreams. After nearly a decade break from my education and a path that has been filled with hurdles, having to relearn things that I thought I knew, not a day goes by where I regret a single second of the experience. As we move forward, I strongly encourage you to hold on to the memories, the lessons and the relationships you built that have shaped us into the people that stand before me today. So let’s celebrate how far we’ve come and stand together in acknowledging the acknowledgements of our Pierce College community. Garret and Elijah, thank you so much for your leadership this year. They have been incredible leaders. Their team has just been awesome, so thank you both so much. I have the opportunity to only in the second time in the history of Pierce College is to talk about an honorary degree. The college made the decision to confer an honorary degree to recognize exceptional distinction within our community. People who have demonstrated the highest level of educational service, humanitarian service, servant leadership, personal and professional accomplishments or entrepreneurial leadership and in other words really people who are outstanding role models for our students and for our graduates. This year, this is particularly special because this individual impacted my life 40 years ago. Today we are recognizing a retired educator, faculty amaratis and founder of our early childhood education program, Ms. Grace Koopmans. Grace, yeah lets just give a round of applause right now if we can. Your…You…You’re gonna hear some amazing things today and if you’re not inspired then there’s something wrong with you, okay? When Grace joined us, she began her career at Pierce College which was then Fort Steilacoom Community College in 1969. And her goal was to establish the college’s early childhood education program and she did that completely from the ground up. She came to us with extensive experience and training in early childhood education after having served as a teacher and a director of day care centers, nursery schools, kindergartens and parent education programs. When that program started in 1969, it was a department of 1, but a mighty department I have to tell you. Grace developed the curriculum, she did the planning and teaching of the courses, she recruited students and she built a strong foundation for the program that would ultimately keep it successfully running for nearly 50 years. Her educational philosophy was far, far ahead of its time because during in the early years of those programs, it was what she was doing then is now being supported by research in ways that prove that of its importance to our society. Today our early childhood education program continues to teach comprehensive and compassionate training on the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of children. I had an opportunity to visit with all of the people that she has impacted in terms of teachers and early students, and we had a wonderful time reminiscing about her impact. What’s so special about Grace being honored this year is that as you heard me say earlier, this will be the first time that we will be granting a bachelor’s of applied science in our teaching program. That would not have happened if it was not for the legacy that Grace started back in 1969. She has made impact on so many lives over the years. Students and colleagues and future educators and parents throughout the community. And when I came to Pierce 40 years ago in 1978 as a young faculty member, she scared me a little. Because she was such a formidable advocate for children and developing the whole child, and she was not going to be deterred. She served as a role model for me cause she demonstrated every day, every single day how important it is to live your values to fight for what you believe. So Grace has recorded a special commencement message for you. It’s gonna be up here on the screen. She did this earlier this month and then we will confer the degrees so I’m gonna have you direct your attention to the video. I told you to get ready. So, Ms. Grace Koopmans, could you please stand? So Mr. Tiam and members of the board of trustees. In accordance with college policies, Grace Koopmans meets the requirements and has been recommended by the faculty and administration of Pierce College for the conferral of the honorary associate degree. On behalf of the board of trustees, on the recommendation of the faculty and administration of Pierce College, and in accordance with college policies, I accept Grace Koopmans for an honorary associate of arts degree. Ms. Koopmans, please come forward to receive your degree. We will now begin the conferral of the degrees. Will the candidates for the Pierce College high school diplomas please rise? Mr. Tiam and members of the board of trustees, these candidates have completed the academic requirements and are recommended by the faculty and administration of Pierce College for the conferral of high school diplomas. On behalf of the board of trustees, on the recommendation of the faculty and administration of Pierce College, and in accordance with the rights and privileges afforded to me by law, I accept these candidates for high school diplomas. Candidates, please come forward to receive your diplomas. Lawanda Sue Baleme Sabrina Lee Maisabel Fresnares Andrew Donnavon Spannagel Jessica Borja Andrew Jason Cranmer Jose Alavarez-Hurtado Vanity Joline Adkins Misty Marie Long Alisa Prombird Hughey Brenda Rodriguez Michelle Leanne Leslie Kenya Stanford Sonia Diaz-Guzman Itzel Campos-Martinez Denise Santiago Marcie Beth Pladdock Celeste Kern Habita Arriala de Jus Gladis Correa Claudia Yescas Yessica Esmeraldo Rosas-Villalba Nair Parsons Will the candidates for associate’s degrees and certificates please rise? Mr. Tiam and members of the board of trustees, these candidates have successfully completed the academic requirements and have been recommended by the faculty and administration of Pierce College for the conferral of associate’s degrees and certificates. On behalf of the board of trustees, on the recommendation of the faculty and administration of Pierce College, and in accordance with the rights and privileges afforded to me by law, I accept these candidates for associate degrees and certificates. Candidates, please be seated. Beginning with the first two rows, please come forward to receive your diplomas. Elijah Daniel Ellis. 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Corbin Elizabeth Girl Colleen Aurora Selnez Bubba Hizaro Linda Varges Villanueva Tyra Nicole Tibido Jacob Isiah Hollinger Lekisha Rambert Julia Gerring Zhon David Lye Madison Towery Mihon Nilae Ashley Anne Block Tran Buey Hanna Lee Greer Huan Dan Win Ashley Rebecca May Irene Mymul Jessica Gale Coslow Hanuen Zhou Leeanne Melissa Hamilton Tony Fann Sonett Allison Mclone Christian Jefferson Hanna Renee Nelson Stevenson Johnson Christine Elizabeth Macaroni Kylee Mcgroth Michael Onestoff Jessica Renee Clark Alasha Coleman Brittanie Alexandria McNett Destiny Janee Davis Brenda Paddock Garcia I have a mother/daughter who are graduating at the same time so… I don’t know which one is the mother or daughter so here I go. Victoria Abram. And Alexis Neely Alisha Renee Steinbagh Sandra Castio Annette Reed Harris Lisa Michelle Daps Lumilla Rudinco Betty Jane Foster Alexander Cole Robert Craig Esthis Joshua Troy Miles Moronda Tivo Sarah Elizabeth Griffin Russell Kim Corrinna Latis Haldenroe Joaquin Rosales Lee Lily Lang Hi May Ram Rachel Jin Alisha Ramsey Truk Doare Raul Belise Tullee Lay Andrew Joshua Kinata Seiveng Em Denisha Courtney Loraine Vashanko Bryan Ebenison Vires Cardosa Lisa Christine Valenzuela Anaisha Alfred Tammy Byers Robert Anthony King Evan Casa Madison Cheyenne Lidgrin Carla Ultima Pamela Heatherly Stephanie Contrares Roman Krisitina Linda Rey Syra Gussman Jonie Michelle Zagbird Kareen Zoles Trisha Lee Johnson Holly Brussard Brooke Nicole Bukai Kayla Anne Seboles Jennifer Leanne Martin Cheyennie Escades Smith Atali Diwa Yash Nome Truhio Close? Oh… Marsha Marie Castro Victoria Mercidola Mucisa Chiku Omechi Emichi Ussain Hushump Hoard Maya Golegos Barame Hawke Shailyn Rose Lizzy Rashik Gelicia Katherine Melgar Preciado Maricella Garanzo Laura Ashley Marie Johnson Teresa Laurine Mathison Donald Cortis Harris Emily Rose Stevenson Crystal Evelyn Molgato Demitra Jackson Angeline Cruz Kelsey Elizabeth Cass Alissa Moroe Adrianna Venegas Dawn Marie Joe Arielle Wynn Sovita Tith Wyn Lee Sylva Karff Duksan Nuen Ryan Charles Wise Michellina Tao Lune Mason Gerald Rainor Camron Tyke Emma Victoria Lynn Goist Casey Lenora Qiucci Eric Vaughn Morgan Gianna Simon Johnny Joseph Mitchell Elizabeth Megan Dives Cynthia Crystal Silva Landra Andrew Cody George Tarzan Abraham Flores Godinez Raina Dienne Castle Allura Jasmine Ricker Tracy Lin Floyd Alexis Analise Smith Sandra Munn Crystal Pie Amber Thompson Justin Ross Bustillo James Vance Tony Nuyen Turell Andre Vanks Yang Yay Churissa Angela Bacon Jeremy Blane Mathine Sammy Qua Jessica Crow Katherine Kong Chantell Alissia Watts Jimmy Yu Ryan James Dunblazer Cheng Yu Wong Jackson Leonard Olbrek Fell Irim Ha Rysuke Kamata Naobo Win Jose Roberto Legsrandom Nao Twee Laowing Earl Corey Blebbins Jr. Revana Natalia Chadman Kykoo Lu Chao Wyn Caesar Gwan Son Win Kutchenyu Ly Qwa Vo Hannah Akira Jeng Yaicha Nyong Jangyu Wen Andrew Charles Ester Kynam Iye Nanalia Holee Waha…Hovee Kaholmau Agner Pakhin Tatu Madison Iworks Taylor Jaqueline Newman Taylor Madison Slaughterwestvalle Kaylee Nicole Peterson Byron Trambolo Alisha Ann Osborne Nate Mosnan Amy… Amy Gale Reed Ferguson Brittany Verales Megan Elizabeth Boser Krysta Cheyenne Daniel Gervanna Danae Johnson Riley Serulo Praz Kim Rogfier Kower Samantha Vandergrift Rayna Geranamo Tiffany Ann Zig Penito Selthe Liberato Jr. Melissa Quin Kelly Fan Johnny Fletchet McCorse…Majors I’m sorry. Johnny Majors Callie Heranamous Gia Hall Leticia Reyes Sauter Atia Herbert Myra Molina Gavarde Shandrane Negerie Elizabeth Marie Mcgiff Jinwe Lee Yolanda Paine Shawno Zao Jordan Scott Tucker Ho Nuen Amber Marie Gavales Castielle Jeng Jennifer Ray Hammond Jenny Hee Hiarra Boser Jinye Zxu Vi Le Jinai Lin Berbo Honbao Wyn One more time sorry. Jinai Lin Benbo Melissa Luise Seville Brenda Arriano Pauley Jean Lutes Trina Michelle Steats Will the candidates for the bachelor of applied science please rise? Mr. Tian and members of the board of trustees. These candidates have completed the academic requirements and are recommended by the faculty and administration of Pierce College for the conferral of bachelor of applied science degrees. On behalf of the board of trustees, on the recommendation of the faculty and administration of Pierce College, and in accordance with the rights and privileges afforded to me by law, I accept these candidate for bachelor of science degrees. Candidates, please come forward to receive your diplomas. Shelby Fraunfelter Morgan Henderson Jessica Godrow Jacky Oddman Naomi Ruth Rose Gonzales Gonzales Shannon Laurence Raquelle Gonzales Amber Betando Carlos Riviera Jr. Tiffany Zambroto Janice Brody Ashley Gale Rivero Brittany Escuedero Sydney Lee Tammy Hutes Katherine Leigh Houso Teresa Ann Baker Jessica Ellaine Gottfried Shane Lawrence Moore Michelle Conensor Shantika Adaogin Ashley Joy Barber Joslyn Camille Ekins Kylee Nicole O’neil Savanah Lynn Easterday Christina Marie Mahaney Kaylee Eileen Stevens Santana Tu Ladies and gentleman, you may have noticed students wearing different colored chords or stoles as part of their regalia. These signify the accomplishments of many of our graduates. Will all students wearing a grey honors chord please stand? And this is an impressive number of you guys standing. These students have distinguished themselves as honors graduates having earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average for all work completed for their degree. Please be seated. Will those graduates wearing and gold and blue chords please stand? As members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for 2 year colleges, these graduates have earned a 3.2 or better grade point average for their work while at Pierce College. Please be seated. American Honors, will those graduates wearing white and gold stoles please stand? These students participated in American Honors, which is a selective honors program at 2 year colleges across the country in which students take separate honors courses and must maintain a 3.25 grade point average or above. Yay. Please be seated. Veterans, will those students wearing red, white and blue chords please stand? Ladies and gentleman, please join me in acknowledging these graduates are military and active duty members, who are or have served our country and pursue their education at Pierce College. Please be seated. Please join me in congratulating who’ve distinguished themselves at Pierce College as graduates. Will all graduates please stand? At this time, would you please move your tassel from the right side to the left side of your hat? This…this signifies the official conferral of your degree. Congratulations. Please be seated. I would like to begin by congratulating Mrs. Grace Koopmans on receiving your honorary degree. What an inspiration you are for all of us. I also would like to thank you for starting the first endowed scholarship with the Pierce College foundation many years back. Not only does she have a passion for early learning but she’s also very committed to the students and graduates of Pierce College. Thank you. Now, I would like to acknowledge the families, friends, faculty and staff that are with us today. You have been such an important part of the support in our graduates journey and I would ask that the graduates join me in giving applause to our family, friends, faculty and staff. Thank you. To the class of 2018, how exciting to come to this point in your life knowing that you have achieved your educational goals or receiving your diploma, your certificate and/or your degree. The Pierce way where possibilities are realized. May your experiences at Pierce College form your foundation as a life-long learner, a humanitarian and a critical thinker. We are so proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations again to the class of 2018. Woo woo woo! We would ask that the audience please remain in your seats during the processional and then family and friends may meet your graduates outside the building at the end of the processional, thank you.