Celebrating the Class of 2022

Commencement Returns to RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

photo by: Adeena Rose Wade

Clark College honored its 86th graduating class at the 2022 Clark College Commencement ceremony held Thursday evening, June 16, at the RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater. The college conferred over 1,900 degrees and certificates for the next generation of our community’s workers, leaders, and scholars.  

The ceremony featured remarks written by President Dr. Karin Edwards and focused on the power of persistence and resilience, “It’s the power of persistence that builds resiliency. It’s a power that assures you can overcome any challenge.”  

Highlights from this year’s ceremony include:  

  • Approximately 550 of the college’s 1,965 graduates participated in the commencement ceremony. 
  • This year’s graduating class included 319 Running Start graduates.  
  • The college conferred its first Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity degrees at the ceremony. This comes on the heels of announcing its 5th BAS degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education.  
  • The ceremony honored students graduating with bachelor’s or associate degrees and those earning certificates, high school diplomas, and/or GED completion.  
  • During the ceremony, Vice President of Instruction Paul Wickline announced the recipients of the 2022 Exceptional Faculty Awards: libraries professor Katy Anastasi; phlebotomy professor Dr. Amy Castellano; biology professor Steven Clark; surveying and geomatics professor Erielle Lamb; and English professor Gail Robinson.
  • The student speaker was Associate of Arts degree recipient Alex Reid.  
“Our community at Clark is diverse and as a tutor of a large range of classes, I have been able to get a glimpse of just how far that reaches. But even if we are so different in our backgrounds and our goals, today we are all united by one single fact: we made it.” —Alex Reid
photo by Adeena Rose Wade

2021-2022 Community College Presidents’ Award

“..my academic training will allow me to influence the lives of students and juveniles positively; I will be a helping hand to my community, the same that Clark College has been to me.”—Madelyn Hennerty
photo by Jenny Shadley

Graduate Madelyn Hennerty was the recipient of the 2021-2022 Community College Presidents’ Award in Honor of Val Ogden. This annual scholarship is given to a Clark College graduate who demonstrates leadership potential, a commitment to community service, and academic achievement. The scholarship award provides full-time tuition at Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) and is renewable for one additional year, essentially providing full tuition to complete a bachelor’s degree. Hennerty is an excellent example of the resiliency and tenacity of first-generation college degree earners. She worked throughout high school to help support her family and eventually saved enough to pay for her first year of tuition at Clark College.  


Video of the Ceremony

Watch the entire ceremony. Footage provided by CVTV.