Seattle Central marks 48th commencement with more than 1,100 degrees

"Setting an example: showing our children that hard work pays off. Congrats to our grads!" -- @seattlecentral via Twitter

“Setting an example: showing our children that hard work pays off. Congrats to our grads!” — @seattlecentral via Twitter

"She turned her can'ts into cans and dreams into plans" - from the mortarboard of a Seattle Central graduate -- @seattlecentral via Twitter

“She turned her can’ts into cans and dreams into plans” – from the mortarboard of a Seattle Central graduate — @seattlecentral via Twitter

Seattle Central College celebrated its 48th commencement Saturday in a ceremony at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

“I would rather fail doing what matters to me, than succeed at someone else’s dream,” the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award winner Katie Hinde, Ph.D., told the graduates. The research scientist and assistant professor at Harvard University began her academic career at Seattle Central. Hinde’s research investigates how variations in mother’s milk and behavioral care influence infants into adulthood. You can read the text of her Seattle Central speech here.

More than 1,100 graduated from the community college, in line with totals in recent years. 2014 was a big year for change at the school, part of the three campus Seattle Colleges city system, as the schools dropped “community” from their brands. Earlier, Seattle Central struck a deal to expand its health program with a new facility in Beacon Hill’s Pacific Tower.

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