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Grays Harbor College graduation is largest in history

Aberdeen, WA  – Grays Harbor College will graduate the largest class in the school’s 89 year history this week.

The college is set to award a total of 433 diplomas on Friday.

In a release, they tell KXRO that the ceremony this week will include graduates at multiple education levels, including two of the College’s new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs.

Starting in 2017, GHC stated their BAS-Teacher Education program, and 21 students from the inaugural class will be graduating this week.

Lisa Smith, Executive Director of the GHC Foundation, says “Seven of those already have local teaching jobs, several others are awaiting results after interviewing in area school districts. “

Also receiving their 4-year degrees will be five BAS-Forest Resources Management students, with 9 others completing the program next year.

GHC says that included in the graduation will also be the first 12 students completing their Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant, a concurrent enrollment program between GHC and the Twin Harbors Skills Center.

Another first this year are the 18 Associate in Applied Science degrees in Business Management that the College is awarding to qualifying graduates at Stafford Creek Corrections facility.

“Each of our new degree offerings are offered directly in response to demands from area employers, needing to hire employees with these skills,” explains GHC President James Minkler.

“We are so proud to honor all of our graduates in this record-breaking Class of 2019,” he added.

This year, there are 13 leading the class with grade-point averages ranging from 4.0 to 3.98. They include Kamryn Adkins, Kaden Coty, Adrian Greenway, Joshua Latimer, Cain McCullough, Emma Nitahara, Nolan Palmer, Dakota Ross, Raven Stoney, Sierra Templeton, Zoe Templeton, Michael Urbaniak and Lucius Veiga.

The graduation is scheduled for 7pm on Friday at Stewart Field with 1990 GHC graduate, and Aberdeen Police Chief, Steve Shumate, as the Commencement speaker.

For more information about enrolling at Grays Harbor College, contact the GHC Welcome Center, 360-538-4026, ghc.edu/admissions.

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