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Skagit Valley College holds 92nd Annual Commencement at the Mount Vernon Campus

Skagit Valley College (SVC) held its 92nd Annual Commencement on Thursday, June 20th in the Dave DuVall Pavilion on the Mount Vernon Campus. About the Class of 2019, district-wide:

There were 1,386 degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded to 1,158 students:

  • 1,145 from Mount Vernon Campus
  • 235 from Whidbey Island Campus
  • 6 from San Juan Center


615 Academic Degrees awarded:

  • 460 Mount Vernon Campus
  • 151 Whidbey Island Campus
  • 4 San Juan Center


631 Prof/Tech Degrees & Certificates (including six Bachelor of Applied Science degrees):

  • 572 Mount Vernon Campus
  • 57 Whidbey Island Campus
  • 2 San Juan Center


140 high school diplomas, including 66 from our High School 21+ program:

  • 113 Mount Vernon Campus
  • 27 Whidbey Island Campus


The ages of our graduates ranged from 16 to 73.


There were 138 Running Start students who graduated this year:

  • 86 Mount Vernon Campus
  • 51 Whidbey Island Campus
  • 1 San Juan Center

We had 29 students who received the President’s Medal.

We had International students graduating this year from Brazil, Canada, China, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan presented the Associated Students of Skagit Valley College Gavel Award to ASSVC Mount Vernon President Danial Kahn (of Burlington). Danial is a first-generation college student, self-motivated, an immigrant to the United States, and a future engineer. He has been an exceptional student leader, while also managing a full schedule that includes competing as a student athlete. In addition, he was recently awarded the prestigious Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which will cover two years of his tuition and expenses at the University of Washington, while he studies Civil Engineering.

Each year at Commencement at the Mount Vernon Campus, students present the Teacher of the Year Award. This year, to honor the legacy and memory of Communication Studies professor, Dr. Ernest Tutt, who passed away last June, the students have elected to rename the award. The Dr. Ernest Tutt Teacher of the Year Award, as it will now be known, was presented by Danial Kahn to two outstanding faculty members: Political Science instructor Dr. Farhana Loonat and Economics instructor Matt Scammell. Both instructors were recognized for their passion for the subject they teach and their dedication to students and their success.

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