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Oregon Tech graduates ready to contribute to state workforce as 707 receive degrees during Annual Commencement

Jun 02, 2014
The commencement ceremony for the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Klamath Falls campus graduating class of 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at John F. Moehl Stadium, marking the university’s 66th annual commencement

The commencement ceremony for the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Klamath Falls campus graduating class of 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at John F. Moehl Stadium, marking the university’s 66th annual commencement. More than 700 graduates with training and experience in areas such as renewable energy engineering and a variety of health technology fields will add to and strengthen the state’s workforce, helping organizations and Oregonians in communities from Klamath Falls to Eastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley.

The Class of 2014 numbers 707 individuals – inclusive of those who have completed degree requirements last Summer and Fall; Winter and Spring Terms this academic year; and another 96 who are expected to complete requirements this Summer.

Among those graduates are:

  • 592 from the Klamath Falls Campus;
  • 210 from the university’s Wilsonville Campus;
  • 22 who earned more than one Bachelor’s degree;
  • 30 who will complete Associate degrees this summer in Emergency Medical Technology through a joint Oregon Tech/Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) program in Wilsonville;
  • 34 who completed Bachelor’s degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science last December through another partnership with OHSU;
  • 23 who have completed an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree in partnership with Oregon Dental Services (ODS) in La Grande;
  • 16 who have earned Bachelor’s degrees through the OHSU- sponsored Nursing program; and
  • 10 employees of The Boeing Company in Oregon Tech’s Seattle program.
  • 2014 also marks the first student graduating with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in Klamath Falls, and the first two students graduating with a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering in Wilsonville.

Speakers at the commencement will include Wally Rhines, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mentor Graphics Corporation presenting the commencement address; Brittany Kenison, State Board of Higher Education Representative; Todd Kellstrom, Klamath Falls Mayor; and Don Gentry, Chairman of The Klamath Tribes. Speeches will also be given by graduating seniors Hannah Coe, Mechanical Engineering major, and Joshua Varner, Mathematics major.

Celebrating 40 or more years since graduating, esteemed alumni will be leading the processional as the “Golden Owls.”

On Friday, June 13 starting at 11:30 a.m., the Oregon Tech Registrar’s Office will host a Senior Beach Bash outside of the College Union to celebrate graduating seniors and their families. All seniors are encouraged to come and bring their family and friends. The event is free to graduating students and alumni.

Seattle's Commencement Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 16 at 5 p.m. at the Carco Theatre in Renton, Washington; and Wilsonville’s Ceremony is on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at the Wilsonville campus.

Questions about the Oregon Institute of Technology commencement ceremonies should be directed to the Oregon Tech Registrar’s Office at 541-885-1300.


About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven universities in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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