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SVC invites the community to celebrate El Grito

Skagit Valley College will host El Grito, a celebration of Mexico’s independence, on Friday, Sept. 15 from 5-9 p.m. on its Mount Vernon campus. El Grito will feature the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle, Hėctor Ivȧn Godoy Priske, Cȯnsul Titular, as a special guest. 

The event will feature local food, vendors, a resource fair, a traditional garment contest, and performances from SVC’s Mariachi ensemble, the Rosa Mondragon Dance Group, Los Morros del Valle, and DJ Sonido Fantasma. It is free and open to the public. 

On Sept. 16, 1810, Mexico reclaimed their independence from the Spanish monarchy. El Grito is a traditional celebration of the independence held the day before on Sept. 15. Through this event, SVC hopes to foster a culture of belonging and to provide a space for the community and students to celebrate and practice the tradition. 

Sept. 15 also marks the independence for many other Latin American countries: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. This event will also celebrate these countries. 

The event is sponsored by the SVC Office for Equity and Inclusion, SVC’s Student Equity and Inclusion Services office, SVC Recruitment and Outreach office, and the SVC College Assistance Migrant Program. 

The event will be held on SVC’s Mount Vernon campus in Tollefson Plaza. For directions to campus, visit 

For more information, email or call 360.416.7620. 


Skagit Valley College is making a difference throughout Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties by providing access to higher education for all who seek a better future. Part of what makes our college special is that we are deeply committed to equity in access, achievement, and community. Whether you are training for a new job, beginning your college experience, finishing the degree you started, adding English language skills, or pursuing a high school credential, Skagit Valley College welcomes you. 


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