South Puget Sound Community College will celebrate more than 1,400 graduates from over 50 degree and certificate programs at Olympia High School's Ingersoll Stadium on Friday evening. The College's 52nd commencement ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 16, 2017. This year’s faculty address will be delivered by History Professor Eric Chase and the student speaker for the event will be Nikita Salas.
SPSCC will host its annual Career Day event on May 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In its 29th year, the event will unite over 65 local employers with students, alumni, and community members in the gym at the SPSCC Olympia Campus.
SPSCC is proud to present a unique vocal concert experience featuring the SPSCC College Chorus and SPSCC Chamber Choir with special guest Janis Ian, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. “We’re Still Singing: Songs of Peace, Protest, and Social Justice” will be held on June 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The show will open with the SPSCC College Chorus and SPSCC Chamber Choir performing a varied array of powerful songs by Janis Ian, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and more. The second half will feature a solo set by Janis Ian and will conclude as the combined choirs accompany Ian for a shared performance.
The Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College welcomes artist and art educator Joe Hedges for a unique art display of his works from Empirical Evidence. The exhibition will run from April 17 to May 12, 2017, at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.
The Art Department at South Puget Sound Community College is thrilled to host Pittsburgh artist Kevin Snipes for a series of “unconventional pottery” demonstrations and lecture on March 21, free to the public. The day-long workshop will demonstrate Snipes’ layered approach to construction and surface decoration of pottery, as well as discuss the ideas that instigate his narrative illustrations.
South Puget Sound Community College will host the 22nd annual All-Washington Academic Team ceremony on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The top students from each of Washington State’s 34 community and technical colleges will be honored in this annual recognition ceremony. The keynote will feature a message from Marty Brown, Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
SPSCC and Ballet Northwest are proud to present the next performance in the SPSCC Artist & Lecture series, Seattle contemporary dance company Whim W’Him. Whim W'Him has been wowing audiences with innovative choreography and dance since 2009. The group will perform one of their newest programs, SENSATION, featuring new contemporary dance works from the 2016 Princess Grace Award Choreography winner Penny Saunders, New York City-based Larry Keigwin, and Whim W'Him's artistic director, Olivier Wevers.
The Lacey - Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association is partnering with South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) for the South Sound’s first Chopin Piano Competition for youth ages 12 to 23. Two competition winners will take home prize money and perform on stage at the SPSCC Artist & Lecture series show with Polish pianist Jacek Nazarczuk in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.
Acclaimed photographer Matika Wilbur has partnered with SPSCC to lead a 4-day collaborative mural effort as part of her nationwide tour to encourage Native American college students and build stronger college-tribal relationships in communities: Project 562: In>digenous Land.
Matika Wilbur, from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes, is the creator of Project 562. She will present a combined exhibition, lecture, and mural project that will be conducted at college campuses across the nation. Wilbur will open the dynamic week with a keynote lecture, free to the public, on the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center’s main stage beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Wilbur’s own photographs will be on display in The Gallery Feb. 21 – 24.