Mt. Hood reaches 46th commencement

The Earl L. Klapstein Track and Field Stadium will be ablaze with red caps and gowns Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, as Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) conducts its 46th annual graduation and commencement ceremonies.

Graduation for students completing their general education development (GED) certificates and adult high school diplomas (AHSD) will be held at 7 p.m. June 14. Commencement for students earning college diplomas and certificates will be held at 10 a.m. June 15.

Two students, Brandy Church and Matilde Flores, have been selected to speak at GED graduation. William Miller, Associated Student Government president, will speak at commencement.

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Gresham-Barlow announces changes

The Gresham-Barlow School District announced Friday, May 31, a series of administrative changes for the 2013-14 school year. Changes will go into effect July 1.

Hogan Cedars Elementary School Principal Debra James will become principal of Hollydale Elementary School. Hollydale Principal Elaine Luckenbaugh will take over the reins at Hogan Cedars Elementary.

Hall Elementary School Principal Carlynn Capps will become principal of West Gresham Elementary School. West Gresham’s principal, Todd Graves, will be the new principal of Hall Elementary School.

Charging up outside at picnic tables

Mt. Hood Community College is about to implement the first solar picnic tables of their kind west of the Mississippi River, and the first at a U.S. community college, according to the manufacturer.

Each table, called a “Solar Dok,” generates renewable power that is off the electricity grid — and at no cost to the user or the college. Each table comes with four standard power outlets and two USB ports.

The Associated Student Government is partnering with EnerFusion Inc. to purchase and install the tables. Installation is expected to begin June 4.

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