Edmonds Community College throws a party to celebrate 50 years

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    It was a giant anniversary party at Edmonds Community College Friday as students, alumni, faculty, staff, elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary.

    College President Jean Hernandez hosted a reception at Snoqualmie Hall, then the party moved to Triton Field for live music through the decades, food trucks and more congratulatory remarks from community leaders.

    — Photos by David Carlos

    Edmonds Community College President, Jean Hernandez, taking a selfie with Triton, the school mascot. "Double-chin. Let's try again," she said. Edmonds Community College 50th Anniversary. 9-16-16
    President Jean Hernandez taking a selfie with Triton, the school mascot. “Double-chin. Let’s try again,” she said.
    Edmonds Community College 50th Anniversary celebration. 9-16-16
    EdCC students play on Triton Field.
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    A pre-event reception drew many local dignitaries, including Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.
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    Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith: “Edmonds Community College is a jewel in South Snohomish County. Fifty years of taking students—diamonds-in-the-rough—and polishing them for success as world citizens.”
    Representative Rick Larsen (2nd Congressional District). Edmonds Community College 50th Anniversary celebration. 9-16-16
    Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and 2nd District Congressman Rick Larsen.
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    Enjoying the festivities.
    Don Wick, EdCC’s first elected student body president; Jean Eastman Swenson, graduate of the first graduation class (1969); and Dr. Jean Hernandez, President. Edmonds Community College 50th Anniversary celebration. 9-16-16
    Don Wick, EdCC’s first elected student body president; Jean Eastman Swenson, graduate of the first graduation class (1969); and President Dr. Jean Hernandez.
    The Spazmatics/Afrodisiac performed.
    The Spazmatics perform.
    Doug Fair, Foundation Chair. "Our goal is to raise $50,000 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the college. We're going to fund 5 full-ride scholarships for 2 years for one student from each of the Edmonds School District schools (Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Scriber Lake, and Meadowdale). We want you to help us boldly go where the Foundation has never gone before." Edmonds Community College 50th Anniversary celebration. 9-16-16
    Doug Fair, EdCC Foundation Chair. “Our goal is to raise $50,000 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the college. We’re going to fund five full-ride scholarships for two years for one student from each of the Edmonds School District schools (Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Scriber Lake and Meadowdale). We want you to help us boldly go where the Foundation has never gone before.”
    Edmonds Community College 50th Anniversary. 9-16-16
    The women’s basketball team with Triton.
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    Another student enjoying Triton Field.
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    State Sen. Maralyn Chase, from the 32nd District.
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    Dr. Jean Hernandez: “We awarded 62,473 certificates, diplomas, and 2-year degrees over the last 30 years. And that was to 47,379 individuals. Which means 30 percent of them got at least two certificates, diplomas, and degrees.”

    It was a giant anniversary party at Edmonds Community College Friday as students, alumni, faculty, staff, elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary.

    College President Jean Hernandez hosted a reception at Snoqualmie Hall, then the party moved to Triton Field for live music through the decades, food trucks and more congratulatory remarks from community leaders.

    — Photos by David Carlos

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