EUGENE, Ore. – Lane Community College will celebrate its 55th Annual Commencement on Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. This will be the college’s first-ever virtual commencement and will be accessible via Lane Video Streaming.
Speakers include LCC President Dr. Margaret Hamilton, LCC Provost Dr. Paul Jarrell, LCC Board of Education Chair Mike Eyster, Associated Students of Lane Community College President Ava Everett, and keynote speaker Dr. Patty Scott, president of Southwestern Oregon Community College and an LCC alum.
“We are so proud to welcome Patty back to Lane,” said LCC President Margaret Hamilton. “She is one of our own, and her career is an inspiration for community college students everywhere.”
Scott grew up in Wallowa and moved to Eugene to study at Lane. She earned a bachelor’s from the University of Oregon, a master’s from Bowling Green University in Ohio, and a doctorate from Oregon State University. She joined SWOCC in 1993 and held increasingly responsible positions until becoming SWOCC’s sixth president in 2008. She was named community college administrator of the year by the Oregon Community College Association in 2019, and is one of only two college presidents in the nation to serve on the two-year panel for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA).
This year, Lane expects to award about 1,740 associate degrees and certificates to approximately 970 members of the class of 2020. Roughly 47 percent are career technical students and 53 percent are transfer students. About 2 percent will be awarded both types of credentials, and 58 percent will have more than one award conferred. In addition, Lane will award approximately 270 associate degrees and certificates to 177 students from past years.
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Lane Community College educates over 25,000 students annually at six locations across Lane County and online. Students and alumni from all 50 states and 79 countries create more than an $850 million dollar impact on the local economy, helping to support more than 13,000 local jobs. Lane provides affordable, quality, professional technical and college transfer programs; business development and employee training; academic, language and life skills development; and lifelong personal development and enrichment courses.