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SVC to celebrate 2024 graduates at its 97th annual commencement ceremonies

Skagit Valley College’s class of 2024 will walk across the stage for their diplomas, degrees, and certificates this week.

SVC is proudly celebrating the 97th graduating class with two ceremonies at the Mount Vernon campus in the Dave DuVall Pavilion on June 13 and a ceremony at Whidbey Island campus at Oak Harbor High School on June 14. All ceremonies will also be livestreamed and available on the SVC website.

SVC will be awarding a total of 902 degrees, certificates, and diplomas at its 97th annual commencement celebration to graduates ranging in age from 16 to 66.

“Commencement marks the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of our graduates,” said Dr. Christopher Villa, SVC president. “It is a time to celebrate their journey and look forward with anticipation to the remarkable contributions they will make in our community and beyond.”

At the Mount Vernon ceremony, the prelude music will be presented by the Skagit Community Band and the SVC Showcase Singers. Meanwhile, at the Whidbey Island ceremony, the Bellingham Pipe Band will provide the prelude music.

At the Mount Vernon campus ceremonies, Keelie Hancock, president of the Associated Students of Skagit Valley College, will address the graduates. In addition to her role as president, Hancock is the captain of the SVC softball team and maintains a grade point average above 3.8. She plans to transfer to Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in the fall, where she will continue her studies and playing softball.

At the Whidbey Island campus commencement, Rishi Madrid will address the graduating students. Madrid, the current club relations representative, has re-established the Presidents' Roundtables and collaborates with the student body president and clubs to enhance student engagement. Graduating with a transfer degree in psychology, he will transfer to Western Washington University to pursue a career in psychology or psychiatry.


About the SVC graduating class of 2024:

  • Associate’s ransfer Degrees: 425
  • Professional and Technical Degrees and Certificates: 407
  • Running Start students receiving a college degree and graduating from high school: 107
  • High School Diplomas: 45
  • 37 students are graduating as President’s Medalists
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees: 25
  • International students graduating from two different countries (Japan and South Korea): 6
  • President’s Medalists: 37

Jacob Lampe and Isaac Shulz, Mount Vernon campus graduates, are receiving the Yates Award for showing outstanding leadership, community service, and academic achievement.

Nichole Buchanan is receiving the Lewis Award which is awarded to the overall outstanding graduating student from the Mount Vernon campus.

SVC awarded the President’s Medal to 37 students for having all A or A- grades and attending SVC for at least three quarters: Teagan Lyn Clark, Charles Hugh Montgomery IV, Tania Corona-Lemus, Jami L. Neeld, Finnly Rose DeFrancisco, Jean O’Neill, Emma Noel DuPont, Lacie Belle Pauw, Hannah Ellis, Tre Parks Rangel, Elizabeth L. Falls, Myles Rhea, Nathan S. Farnworth, Lexi Grace Robinson, Gabrielle Tamayo Fernandez, Jordan R. Rognrud, Eric Gallardo-Flores, Isaac Emery Schulz, Therese Christine Hansen, Aaron Sullivan, Sophie Marie Johnson, Alice Ann Sykora, Hana Kang, Hannah I. Tewalt, Grace J. Kelley, Katelyn Elizabeth Thompsen, Quinn Kinkade, Khoi Truongdang, Kaylee A. Knight, Owen James Vellegas, Coral Kutrovics, Dorothy M. Walker, Shannon Gabriel McAllister, Genevieve Rose Ward, Andrew Milas, Luke Marcus Wheeler, Clinton Miller, and Scott Songpan Zukowski.

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