|Keynote speaker Liz Dunbar, executive director of|
Tacoma Community House, addresses graduates at
the May 19 ceremony.
Kaylee's speech recounted several exciting--and often funny--college experiences, including a story about the annual Holiday and Food Toy Drive, an event that brings Fire Service students to the Downtown Campus to perform push-ups for cash donations.
Toward the end of her speech, she told her audience to dream big. "Everything we learned here, we will take with us on our paths. We will not fail and we will not give up because the only person who can stop us is ourselves...We decide where we go from here, and the sky is the limit!"
Executive Director of Tacoma Community House, Liz Dunbar, then gave the commencement address. Invoking Archbishop Desmond Tutu's idea to "be the spark," Liz told graduates to remember that they are part of a community, and to "use your skills to improve this great community that we live in. This community helped you get to this place--whether it was your family, friends, instructors, even the legislators and taxpayers who fund Bates. You have the opportunity to pay it forward," she said.
For those of you who weren't able to attend this year's commencement ceremony, you can click below to read remarks and speeches in their entirety.
- Student Speech by Kaylee Clark, Administrative Office Assistant graduate
- Commencement Address by Liz Dunbar, Executive Director, Tacoma Community House
- Welcome and Emcee by Lyle Quasim, President, Bates Technical College
|Dental Assisting graduates|
|Sheet Metal Technology graduates pose with|
instructor Steve MacKay
|(L-R) Fire Protection Engineering Technology instructor Ron Greenman;|
Fire Service instructors Pat Piper, Darrell Taylor and Jim Anderson
|Accounting and Bookkeeping graduates pose with instructors |
Karen Scott and Susan Winter
|General Services Manager Spiro Manthou and |
Broadcasting and Video Production instructor Mike Scott
|Dean of Home and Family Life Jacquie Banks poses with |
Assoc. Dean of Continuing Education, Apprenticeship and
Machinist, Lynn Strickland
|Commencement Speaker Liz Dunbar poses with |
President Quasim and the Board of Trustees