College to honor Class of 2014 grads at commencement

Seattle Central to present Distinguished Alumni award to Harvard professor Katie Hinde, daughter of famous Pike Place musician Jim Hinde

Hundreds of family members, friends, faculty and staff are expected to pack Benaroya Hall this Saturday to honor the Class of 2014 graduates during Seattle Central College’s 48thcommencement ceremony. In all, the college will confer more than 1,100 degrees, certificates and diplomas representing a variety of programs and fields.

“With support and encouragement from our dedicated faculty, our graduates are about to go out in the world with the skills and education they need to be successful. I’m tremendously proud of their dedication and the hard work they have exhibited to reach this important milestone,” said President Paul T. Killpatrick, Ph.D.

Speaking at the ceremony will be this year’s recipient of Seattle Central’s Distinguished Alumni award: Katie Hinde, Ph.D., a world-renowned research scientist and assistant professor at Harvard University. She began her academic and professional career at Seattle Central, first in the Running Start program while she was in high school, and then in the College Transfer program. She went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology. Hinde’s research investigates how variations in mother’s milk and behavioral care influence infants into adulthood, and her findings have been reported in National Geographic, The New York Times, and published in prestigious academic journals.

Hinde is also the daughter of beloved folk singer and Pike Place Market busker Jim Hinde, who died several years ago just after her graduation from graduate school:

Of the more than 1,100 awards that Seattle Central will confer this year, 24 will go to graduates of the bachelor’s degree program in Applied Behavioral Science, the fourth year the college has awarded this important credential. The number of students graduating from Seattle Central with bachelor’s degrees is expected to increase, with a new Allied Health degree that started earlier this year, and a new Nursing degree that will launch next year.

The college will also award almost 700 associate transfer degrees, which enable students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their bachelor’s degrees. A few of the schools to which students transfer include in-state options such as the University of Washington, Seattle University and Western Washington University, as well as out-of-state schools like Cornell University, University of Virginia, University of California – Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, among many others.

Another 325 associate degrees and certificates will be awarded to students who will enter the workforce immediately, in fields such as healthcare, graphic design, construction, apparel design, information technology and business. And 65 students will receive a high school diploma or GED.

WHAT: Seattle Central’s 48th Annual Commencement Ceremony

WHERE: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in downtown Seattle

WHEN: Saturday, June 14; 1 p.m.

WHO: Graduates and their family/friends. Tickets are not required