Clatsop Community College will confer on the graduating class of 2005 a total of 147 associate degrees and one-year certificates at this year's ceremonies. The 45th annual graduating class commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.

Students will be receiving degrees in: Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer, Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Business, and Associate of Applied Science in: Accounting, Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Microcomputer Business Applications, Microcomputer Programming and Networking, Nursing, Office Systems - Medical Word Processing, and Vessel Operations. Other students will be receiving their Associate Degree of General Studies, and one-year certificates in: Automotive Technician, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Licensed Practical Nurse, Maritime Sciences, Medical Assistant, Microcomputer Applications, and Welding.

Joan Dukes, of Svensen who was appointed in December to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, will be the keynote speaker. Dukes resigned her seat in the Oregon Legislature, where she had served since 1987, to join the council. She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Instructor Maria Koehmstedt will be master of ceremonies. Graduate Marshals are Mathew Severson and Tariku Sahele; both have been named outstanding student scholars at Clatsop Community College. Dave Drury and the North Coast Brass Ensemble will play during the processional and at the reception. The public is welcome.

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