PENDLETON — Blue Mountain Community College will graduate so many students this year that the school has moved commencement exercises from campus to the Pendleton Convention Center. The school’s 54th commencement ceremony, taking place at 7 p.m., Friday, at the convention center, will honor 348 graduates and is open to the public.

The graduates range in age from 17 to 63. They hail from Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Thirteen are veterans and 125 will graduate with honors or high honors.

Hermiston insurance agent and realtor Tim Mabry will give the commencement address. Mabry, who served as student body president, graduated from BMCC in 1972. BMCC President Cam Preus and two students - Associated Student Government President Emily Sexton and graduate/BMCC employee Jennie Wolfe - will also speak during graduation.

In addition to Friday’s ceremony, BMCC’s inmate education program will host a commencement for graduates at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution at 9:30, Friday. The program leads the state in GED completers. BMCC’s nursing program will host its pinning ceremony for graduates of the Associate of Applied Sciences degree in nursing at 2 p.m. in the Bob Clapp Theatre.

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