More than 800 get degrees from South Seattle College

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South Seattle College celebrated the achievements of its 2014 graduating class at the 44th Commencement at Benaroya Hall on June 18. All told, over 800 graduates received degrees and certificates surrounded by cheering family, friends and South faculty.

“From academics to professional-technical, our student-oriented staff strives to help our students reach their professional dreams,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said to the full Benaroya crowd. “And to our graduates, I’m truly proud and honored to share this special occasion with you. Your hard work, drive and commitment have helped you earn this special day.”

This year’s commencement address was delivered by Super Bowl Champion and Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman. He shared words of inspiration and encouragement with the graduates.

“There’s only one voice that matters. Listen to what is inside you. You call your own plays. Use your own God-given talent to overcome any obstacles,” Coleman said. “How hard you work will determine how far you go.”

With ages ranging from 17 to 68, South’s 2014 graduating class is as diverse as the degrees and certificates they obtained. Awards included bachelor of applied science degrees, associate transfer degrees (which open up the opportunity to transfer to four year colleges and universities to pursue bachelor’s degrees), high school diplomas, and associate degrees and certificates that prepare graduates to enter the workforce with desirable skill sets.

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