Dr. Roberts challenges graduates to contribute to their communities at Shoreline Community College’s 55th Commencement Ceremony

Friday, July 19, 2019

Professor Terry Taylor (far right) with graduating members
of the Honors College at Shoreline Community College

On June 20, 2019, 274 graduates participated in Shoreline Community College’s 55th Commencement Ceremony. Commencement was attended by graduates, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and graduates’ invited guests.

President Dr. Cheryl Roberts gave opening remarks, congratulating students for their success and calling on them to commit to a continued responsibility to themselves and their community.

“I challenge each of you to look for things you can do—small or large, one time or long-term, comfortable or uncomfortable—that will allow you to share your heart and your talents in your communities,” said Roberts. 
“Let’s all look for ways to serve and ways to lead. The world needs you and is waiting for you to care, to dream, and to succeed.”

Reminding students of their power to make a difference, Roberts invoked words from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. All it requires is a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Dr. Laurel Ecke, associate faculty member in Psychology, served as the Faculty Speaker. Azia Kelikoa’elakauaikekai Jaelyn Lualhati, an Honors College student and the Editor-in-Chief of Shoreline’s student newspaper, The Ebbtide, served as the Student Speaker. In lieu of a keynote speaker, the audience enjoyed a video highlighting stories of student success.

Three graduates were presented with a Student Service Award, an honor that recognizes students who’ve distinguished themselves by helping their peers and others in the communities the college serves and supports. 

This year’s recipients, whose names are added to a plaque in the Student Life Center, are: Jisa Kang, Shraddha Mall, and Qinyang Zeng.

The graduating class encompassed 108 students recognized as President’s Scholars, 28 Honors College students, 3 Shoreline Scholars, and 2 members of the All-Washington Academic Team. 

Degrees and certificates conferred on the Class of 2019 included 179 GEDs, 72 high school diplomas, 82 certificates, and 660 Associates degrees.

Learn more about Shoreline’s programs for learners at all stages in life.


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