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Clark College Commencement:
Ceremonies & Keynote Speakers

Heidi Durrow congratulates a Clark College graduates

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.

2008 Clark College Commencement Keynote Speaker Sherman Alexie 2006 Clark College Commencement Keynote Speaker Gov. Chris Gregoire

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. 

2007 Clark College Commencement Keynote Speaker Wally Amos

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

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