Twenty-one Philomath students and one Blodgett student will receive degrees from Linn-Benton Community College on Thursday.
The event is scheduled to run from 4-8 p.m. in Albany.
Part commencement, part celebratory parade, CARmencement allows LBCC’s graduates to be fully recognized and congratulated for their accomplishments. Car decorating kits are available for pickup before the event for graduates who want to add some extra flair to their car, golf cart or even their recreational vehicle.
The entire ceremony will be livestreamed on the LBCC website.
Graduates and their families will be able to drive their cars through a clearly marked parade route, where faculty, staff and friends will be ready to cheer them on. Graduates will stop in front of the Calapooia Center for a photo opportunity, pick up their diploma and shake hands with members of the board of education.
“Last year, we began this event as a creative approach to lowering COVID risk as much as possible, while still providing a festive and memorable ceremony,” LBCC President Lisa Avery said in a press release. “We were delighted to find that, though we missed having some of the traditional aspects, our students also gained some special additions to the event that they otherwise would not have been able to experience — such as the ability to let parents, kids, siblings and other supporters be included in the graduation ceremony.
This year, the Student Leadership Council is hosting a party in the courtyard where students, families, faculty and staff can gather in person before and throughout the duration of the ceremony. Two large TVs will also be broadcasting the CARmencement livestream. The ceremony will also be live-streamed on the college’s commencement web page.
“It was wonderful for the board of education and me to be able to celebrate each and every student individually,” Avery said. “So while we hope to return to a full traditional ceremony next year, we are also confident that CARmencement 2022 will be another wonderful, memorable celebration. We are tremendously proud of our graduates.”
The list of Philomath graduates as released by LBCC includes the following:
• Quinnlan M. Aschoff, Science, Engineering, and Math and Computer Science; Lauren H. Berklund, Associate of General Studies; Sarah J. Booth, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary; Kamber D. Castleberry, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary; Carson Chambers, Applied Industrial Technology and Transportation.
• Ashley M. Dworakowski, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary; Craig A. Gainey, Applied Industrial Technology and Transportation; Steven C. Graves, Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer; Jamie M. Hahn, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary; Alexander W. Hayden, Applied Industrial Technology and Transportation.
• Kathleen H. Lillis, Business; Debbi L. Mahoney, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary; Alexander J. Munsee, Science, Engineering, and Math and Computer Science; Nancy S. Neuman, Business; Tyler E. Pellett, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary.
• Maggie G. Remington, Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer; Isabella A. Richmond, Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer; Abigail S. Rutledge, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary; Michael P. Shklayvel, Associate of General Studies; Amelia L. Skinkis, Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary.
• James Allen G. Wiger, Applied Industrial Technology and Transportation.
The list of Blodgett graduates as released by LBCC includes the following:
• Kylee Galvan, Associate of General Studies.