Chemeketa Community College awarded degrees and certificates during the college’s 56th annual graduation ceremony on June 19 at the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.
Along with post-secondary diplomas and certificates, graduates of Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs participated in the ceremony as well. In total, around 700 students attended the ceremony.
As thousands of the graduates’ friends and family members looked on from the seats of the pavilion, Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts encouraged the graduates to look for ways to serve and lead in the future.
“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve,” Roberts said. “You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Ron Pittman, chairman of Chemeketa’s Board of Education, also addressed the graduates.
“We Board of Education members are blessed to have the opportunity to serve you, and I hope your life beyond Chemeketa is full of giving to others.”
In a new tradition, the retiring faculty member with the greatest seniority is given the honor of carrying the school mace into the ceremony. This year, the honor was given to Linda Craven, who is retiring from Chemeketa after 36 years as an Early Childhood Education instructor.