On June 17, Lane Community College held the 52 Annual Commencement Ceremony for Lane’s graduating class of 2017. This ceremony is the first time that it’s been held on Lane’s Main Campus in 32 years. A group of around 425 students walked during the ceremony. This ceremony is also the last that Mary Spilde will participate in before she retires as Lane’s President.

Showing support for their brother Mariela German-Hernandez, the Hernandez family walks up to the 2017 graduation in Bristol Square on June 17. German-Hernandez, the first graduating member in their family, left the school as an Honor Student with an Associate of Applied Science and a one year Certificate in Early Childhood Education along with a Career Pathways Certificate. Held outside of the Center Building of Lane Community College during a sunny 52nd annual commencement ceremony, this is the first time in 32 years that the commencement ceremony has been held on campus.
Traditional Scottish pipers lead the opening graduation procession of Lane’s faculty and staff to the podium during Lane Community College’s 52nd annual graduation ceremony in Bristol Square. Held just outside the Center Building, this is the first time in 32 years that the commencement ceremony has been held on campus.
A Lane Public Safety officer directs a procession of graduates during Lane Community College’s 52nd annual graduation ceremony in Bristol Square.
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Lane students Bud Cunningham and Laura Sullivan walk with fellow graphic design students during Lane’s graduation ceremony on Bristol Square for the first time in 32 years on June 17.
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Retiring President Mary Spilde addresses the parents and graduating students of the 52nd Lane Community College’s graduation ceremony in Bristol Square on June 17. “This is the time of year that we celebrate the remarkable achievements of students,” Spilde stated.
A graduating Lane student shades herself from the sun during the first graduation ceremony held on campus in 32 years.
During his speech in Bristol Square, former ASLCC president Robert Kirkpatrick smiles as he reminisces upon the cup he made in a ceramics class to help cope with his depression. Afterward, he gave the cup to Division Dean Christina Walsh for the help she gave him. “Take a moment, graduates, to take a look at the person next to you, either right or left,” Kirkpatrick said to his peers. “Smile at them. They succeeded. You succeeded.”
Lane students, faculty, and parents listen to faculty representative Ahmad Rajabzadeh speak during a sunny day in Bristol Square at the Lane Community College’s 52nd annual graduation ceremony.
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Brandon Sanders cheers in excitement to the crowd as he holds his diploma in hand. Sanders was a ASLCC Senator for the 2016-17 school year and graduated with an Associate of General Studies degree.
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Multimedia Design student Ashley Spann walks in part of the graduation ceremony. Spann plans to pursue a career in the film and TV field in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Lane student Bud Cunningham waves to the crowd as he receives his diploma from retiring president Mary Spilde during Lane’s graduation ceremony on Bristol Square for the first time in 32 years on June 17.
Graduating students receive high-fives from teachers and staff as they are paraded to the end of the ceremony during the Lane Community College’s 52nd annual graduation ceremony.