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Programs host graduations across district
Photos and Story by James Hill
There were a myriad of individual program graduations that highlighted PCC’s academic diversity. On May 31, the Multicultural Center at the Sylvania Campus celebrated the completion of six peer tutors from its leadership program. On hand for the ceremony was PCC District President Preston Pulliams; County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey; instructor in composition and literature Consuelo Romanski; and English instructor Bryan Hull, who was honored with the “Outstanding Ally” award.
Also at Sylvania, the Roots Program celebrated the graduation of 32 of its students on May 25. Roots is a federally-funded Trio Student Support Service program that helps low-income, first-generation students with disabilities succeed in college. PCC’s program is headed by director Miriam Friedman, advisor Sarah Dykes and project assistant Pattie Hill.
The Roots celebration featured speakers Christine Chairsell (Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs); Jennifer Anderson (former Roots student and Portland State student); and Diane Mulligan (Dean of Student Development).
On May 22, the Portland Teachers Program hosted its annual graduation of its students in the auditorium of the Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building at the Cascade Campus. The event featured remarks by Algie Gatewood (Cascade Campus president); Deborah Cochrane (program coordinator) and an award to Ken Leander (vice president of Washington Mutual). The program helps supply the Portland Public Schools with diverse teachers.