Big Bend celebrates 493 graduates of the Class of 2019

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Photo of graduates at the 2019 graduation ceremony

Members of the Big Bend Class of 2019 pause for a quick photo before the start of the 2019 graduation ceremony held on June 14th at Lions Field in Downtown Moses Lake.

By Casey McCarthy

MOSES LAKE — Family, friends, faculty and students gathered at Lions Field on Friday to celebrate Big Bend Community College’s 2019 graduation ceremony. Smiles and cheers were abundant as 493 graduates, ranging from 17 to 60 years old, were awarded over 500 degrees.

The 2019 graduating class hailed from all across the state, country, and globe. Graduates came from 78 cities in Washington, 10 states across the country, and even Canada and South Korea.

State Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, addressed the graduates at the ceremony. After congratulating the students, Ybarra spoke to the graduates about the powers of encouragement. The son of migrant workers, Ybarra said he struggled with English and reading throughout grade school, hindering his education. The encouragement of an eighth-grade math teacher helped Ybarra overcome, and helped him reach the goals he’s achieved today.

“Whether you end up in the boardroom, classroom, operating room or conference room, encouraging others will greatly expand your effectiveness, not to mention your influence as a friend and family member,” Ybarra said.

Student body president Cydney Schaapman spoke to her fellow graduates about keeping up their momentum as they move toward their next steps in life.

For the full story, please visit the Columbia Basin Herald website HERE.

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