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Clark College News and Events

May 3, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Businessman and literacy advocate Wally Amos will be the keynote speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony at the Clark County Amphitheater on June 14.

Clark College's 2007 Commencement Speaker Wally AmosVANCOUVER, Wash. -- Businessman and literacy advocate Wally Amos will be the keynote speaker at Clark College's 2007 commencement ceremony.  The ceremony will be held on June 14, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheatre.

Clark College is the third largest community and technical college in Washington State.  During the 2006-2007 academic year, more than 925 Clark College students are expected to graduate with associate degrees and certificates.

Clark College Interim President Robert K. Knight noted, “While many people know him as the founder of ‘Famous Amos’ cookies, Wally Amos has used his fame to draw attention to an important cause: literacy.  That issue is critically important to our college and our community.”

Wally Amos dedicated his efforts to Literacy Volunteers of America where he served as their National Spokesperson from 1979 to 2002. As a literacy advocate, Wally Amos supports educational causes and serves on the Boards of the National Center for Family Literacy, Read to Me International, and Communities in Schools, in addition to many others.

In 2005, Wally Amos and his wife, Christine, founded the Chip & Cookie Read Aloud Foundation, a publicly supported 501(c) (3) organization, to promote reading aloud to children. He is the recipient of many honors and awards including the President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the Horatio Alger Award, and the National Literacy Honors Award.


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