Meridian brings high school graduation season to a close; WWU up next



Kaleb Heezen pulls back his robe to reveal a Captain America shirt after receiving his diploma at the Meridian High School graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Laurel, Wash.


Seniors at Meridian High School capped off graduation season for Whatcom County high schools Thursday night, leaving commencement ceremonies to college students.

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Western Washington University has a few notable names speaking at its graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 14.

Former Washington state governor Gary Locke will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony, Astoria Holdings Vice President Jerry Thon will speak at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, and Princeton University professor Douglas Massey will speak at the 4 p.m. ceremony. Locke, who has served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and ambassador to China, will receive an honorary doctorate from WWU for his career in public service.

Ceremonies at WWU will start at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are required for admission.

For those without tickets, the ceremonies will be broadcast on viewing screens in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education building. Off campus, the ceremony will be broadcast live on Whatcom County's Comcast cable service channel 26 and streamed live at

Two other colleges will hold graduations ceremonies later this month:

-- Whatcom Community College: 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Pavilion Gym. Tickets are required. Those without tickets can watch a live video feed in the Heiner Theater.

-- Bellingham Technical College: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. Tickets are required to attend.

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