Commencement is a milestone in every academic year -- the ultimate celebration of student success.
On June 14, 1934, Clark Junior College honored its first – and only – graduate at its “first all-school banquet and dance” at Vancouver’s Castle Grill. Mrs. Frances Bunnell Wilde received the college's first diploma.
The ceremony has been held in both college and community locations. For many years, it was held in the gymnasium of the O'Connell Sports Center. In recent years, it has been held at the Amphitheater at Clark County.
The college draws commencement keynote speakers from across the region, state and country.
|Year Keynote Speaker|
|2010||Award-winning author Heidi W. Durrow|
|2009||Business leader, philanthropist and advocate for persons with disabilities Vail Horton|
|2008||Award-winning novelist, poet, screenwriter, composer and performer Sherman Alexie|
|2007||Businessman and literacy advocate Wally Amos|
|2006||Washington Governor Chris Gregoire|
|2005||Clark College alumnus and international humanitarian Garry T. Presthus|