The public is invited to attend tonight’s Commencement Ceremony for Oregon Coast Community College – the college’s 25th annual commencement celebration.
Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts will deliver the commencement address.
The celebration will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Center, at 777 W. Olive in Newport.
The evening will actually feature two complete events. At 5 pm, OCCC’s General Education Development (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students will receive their certificates. At 7 pm, the general graduation ceremony for students associate and other degrees and certificates will fill the theater. The public is invited to attend both events.
Barbara Roberts’ public service began in 1981, when she was elected to the House of Representatives. This position led to a six-year term of office (1985-1991) as Secretary of State. She was the first Democrat in 114 years to be elected to that position. Roberts then claimed another first by serving as Oregon’s first and, so far, only woman governor, from 1991-1995.
She has authored the books, “Death without Denial Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss,” and “Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship.” After leaving public office, Roberts has kept active in higher education by teaching at institutions such as Harvard and Portland State Universities.
Oregon Coast Community College is pleased to present former Governor Roberts as a way to honor those who are achieving their GED, ESOL certificates, Associates degrees, Certificates of Completion and other awards.
For more information, visit oregoncoastcc.org.