South Celebrates the Class of 2024

South Seattle College graduates pose with South's Otter Mascot at T-Mobile Park on June 21, 2024

South Seattle College (SSC) celebrated the Class of 2024 on the evening of June 21 with a commencement ceremony at T-Mobile Park. The ceremony brought together graduates from South Seattle College, Seattle Central College and North Seattle College – all part of the Seattle Colleges District.  

679 graduates from SSC were recognized for their achievement of earning a degree or certificate.  

SSC Acting President Sayumi Irey addressed graduates at the event, saying, “You are resilient, you are determined, you are amazing and here you are: a college graduate more than ready to write your next chapter and make your mark. Congratulations!”

Owen Heit was selected as SSC’s 2024 commencement speaker, and graduated with an associate degree in pre-nursing with goals to serve as a pioneer for change in the healthcare industry.

“Whether it is the exceptional professors, the eager staff seeking out passionate students, or the diverse and dedicated student body, there are many moving parts at South Seattle College that have brought us students to this day …” Heit said. “So, to every student here today preparing to cross this stage, congratulations on completing this crucial milestone in your life.”

View the Commencement 2024 Photo Gallery on Facebook

Commencement Facts
•    81 SSC graduates were part of Seattle Promise, a college tuition and success program launched by Seattle Colleges, Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle that funds free tuition up to two years at any of the Seattle Colleges for all graduating seniors attending Seattle public high schools.
•    South’s 679 graduates collectively earned over 900 degrees and certificates (many students graduate with multiple certificates).  Awards include bachelor of applied science degrees for those furthering their expertise and earning potential, college transfer degrees for those planning to attend a four-year university next, career training degrees and certificates for those seeking immediate employment, and high school completion awards.
•    Of Seattle Colleges graduates this year, 40 percent are first generation college students.