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Edmonds Community College celebrates its 45th commencement ceremony

Edmonds Community College celebrates its 45th annual commencement ceremony 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 15 at Comcast Arena Everett. In 2011-12, the college awarded 2,166 degrees, certificates, diplomas, and GEDs to students ages 16-72.

“We applaud the hard work, talent, and persistence of our graduates as they begin to realize their unlimited potential. They have taken a great step toward a brighter future. We value their motivation and look forward to the contributions they will make as industry and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, volunteers, lifelong learners, and members of our local and global community,” said Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez.

This year’s student commencement speakers are Kristina Madden, 22, and Matvey Sineev, 18, both of Lynnwood. They are both headed to the University of Washington.

Madden graduates with her Associate in Pre-Nursing Degree. She started as a Running Start student in her junior year of high school, then later returned to Edmonds Community College in EdCAP, a program which provides an opportunity for young adults ages 16-21 to earn a high school diploma in a college environment.

“I always knew I wanted to finish my diploma and pre-nursing degree. While raising my children, I was starting to miss school and I began looking for ways to make it possible,” she said.

Despite the challenge of attending school as a breastfeeding mom and as a working mother of three, Kristina excelled in college. On campus childcare at the Center for Families helped her find time to study. She took Honors classes, did special projects such as studying the immunobiology of breast milk, and discovered her passion for research.

This spring, she earned a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a prestigious national honor. Kristina works as a breastfeeding counselor for the state’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC Program). On campus, she has been leading an effort to open a lactation room on campus — a safe place for student-mothers of infants to breastfeed.

Her advice to future students: “Don’t limit yourself and don’t let anyone else limit you. Find your passion. If you are doing what you love, it will be so much easier and more beneficial.”

This fall, Madden will enter the University of Washington’s School of Nursing. Her goal is a Doctor of Nursing Practice in neonatology and maternal child health.

Sineev graduates with his Associate of Arts Degree. Sineev attended Edmonds Community College as a Running Start student and also has just completed his high school diploma from Meadowdale High School.

He came to the college motivated to begin to secure a good footing for his future at the first opportunity.

“When I was 3 years old, my family and I came from Minsk, Belarus, to Seattle with $12,000, a suitcase, and no English. The motivation I saw in my parents through our first years in America taught me to work hard, live a fulfilling life, and make good connections with other people,” he said.

While attending college, Sineev has participated on his high school swim team and Chamber Orchestra and worked as a lifeguard at the City of Lynnwood Recreation Center and as an English tutor at Edmonds Community College. He is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 67 and a volunteer and participant with Lynnwood Rotary and at his church.

Sineev is also an avid bike commuter. He traveled 30 minutes by bike to the college to take classes every day, all year round.

He plans to attend the University of Washington. His goal is to complete a Master’s of Business Administration. He intends to gain skills that support his family and create jobs and opportunities for other people.

“I am proud when I give back to the community,” he said.

2011-12 Graduating Class — By the Numbers

Information is based on May 2012 data

2011-12 College Highlights

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