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Oregon Tech to Hold Annual Commencement Exercises

May 06, 2012
Seven hundred fifty-three graduates will receive diplomas during the annual Oregon Institute of Technology commencement ceremonies in June.

Seven hundred fifty-three graduates will receive diplomas during the annual Oregon Institute of Technology commencement ceremonies in June.

The university will hold three ceremonies:

  • Portland Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 9th at 4:00 p.m. at the Tiffany Center in Portland
  • Seattle Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 10th, at 4:00 p.m. at Carco Theater in Renton, Washington
  • Klamath Falls Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at the John F. Moehl Stadium on the Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls campus

The commencement speaker for the 26th annual Portland commencement ceremony will be Preston Pulliams, Ph.D., Portland Community College’s fifth president. Pulliams started at Portland Community College after serving as vice-chancellor for Community Colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY) where he coordinated and directed the activities of the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system.

Before joining the SUNY administration, Pulliams served as the president of Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York from 1997 to 2003. From 1993 to 1997, he was president of the Highland Lakes Campus of the Oakland Community College District in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He served as vice-president for student affairs at the Community College of Philadelphia from 1985 to 1993, and he also served as dean of student services and counselor at Muskegon Community College from 1972 to 1984.

Pulliams is a community college graduate, earning his A.S. in Science from Muskegon Community College. He received a B.S. in Social Science from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Counseling and Personnel from Western Michigan University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.

The 12th annual commencement ceremony at the Seattle campus takes place on June 10th at Carco Theater in Renton, Washington. This graduation is for those students who have successfully completed one of the programs offered to employees of The Boeing Company at sites in the Puget Sound area.

The 64th annual Klamath Falls commencement ceremony on June 16th will feature commencement speaker John P. Minahan, Ph.D. Minahan served as President of Western Oregon University (WOU) from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. He was appointed president by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education after serving as interim president from August 2005 to 2006.

In addition to his previous service at Western Oregon University, Minahan held academic leadership positions at Xavier University, the University of North Florida, and the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Minahan received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He joined WOU in 1986, serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Philosophy, before assuming his duties as provost in 1998.

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 institutions 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, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech’s main campus is in Klamath Falls. The university’s four Portland metro campuses are consolidating to one, new, state-of-the-art campus in Wilsonville and will open for classes Fall 2012; other sites are located in Portland, Salem, La Grande and Seattle. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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