​​​​​​​​​​Commencement Speakers and Awards​


​Commencement Speaker​

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​Mr. Charles Ross

​Yakima Valley College is honored to have alumnus Mr. Charles Ross speak at the 88th Commencement Ceremony. Ross is a licensed funeral director who worked in the field for 18 years before being elected to the office of Yakima County Auditor in 2014.
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​Student Commencement Speaker​

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​Ms. Danielle Niemann​

​Yakima Valley College is pleased to have graduate Ms. Danielle Niemann deliver the student commencement speech for the class of 2017. A Running Start student, Niemann has completed her associate in arts degree and received her high school diploma.​
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​Distinguished Alumnus Award​

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​Ms. Maxine Janis​

​The Yakima Valley College Alumni Association is pleased to announce Ms. Maxine Janis as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Janis is the President’s Liaison for Native American Affairs and Associate Professor at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington.
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Distinguished Service Award​

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​John I. Haas, Inc​

​Yakima Valley College is honored to present John I. Haas, Inc. with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. John I. Haas is being recognized for its significant contributions through the years. As a member of the Barth-Haas Group, the world’s largest supplier of hops, hop products, and services, Haas has consistently given its time, equipment, and valuable expertise to enrich students’ understanding of a vital and exciting local industry.
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Emeritus Faculty​

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​Mr. Robert McCutcheon​

Yakima Valley College is pleased to honor Mr. Robert ‘Bob’ McCutcheon as the 2017 Emeritus Faculty. A long-standing instructor in the arts and sciences division, Robert taught philosophy courses for 32 years before his retirement in 1999. He continues to teach
part-time.

​Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award​

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​Ms. Shannon Hopkins​

​Yakima Valley College is pleased to honor Ms. Shannon Hopkins with the 2017 Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award. Hopkins teaches English as an instructor in the Arts and Sciences Division.
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​Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award

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​Dr. Heidi Shaw​

​The Yakima Valley College Foundation is pleased to present the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Heidi Shaw. An instructor in the Arts and Sciences Division, she teaches general and lifespan psychology and research methods for the social sciences department. 
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Darlene Koch Classified Employee of the Year Award​

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Ms. Laura Yolo

​The Yakima Valley College Foundation is proud to honor Ms. Laura Yolo with the Darlene Koch Classified Employee of the Year Award. Yolo is a Program Coordinator for the Upward Bound (UB) Program. 
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Candidates for Degrees and Certificates​

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