Salish Kootenai College commencement celebrated June 8
PABLO — Yamncut drum played as Salish Kootenai College class of 2013 followed Linda King and Wilbert Michel into the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center for commencement on June 8.
Jason Smith, former SKC graduate and current Director of Indian Affairs for Montana Governor Steve Bullock, offered graduates a “free fundamental formula for success.”
In his journey, Smith said he relied on his cultural and family relationships, and he advised the class of 2013 to do the same.
“Listen and learn these ways,” Smith said, adding that he travels home to the sweat lodge to relieve stress.
Smith also advised graduates to find a career and a mentor that inspires them and to keep in touch with SKC friends and to work with more former graduates, Smith said.
As state director of Indian affairs for Governor Bullock, Smith said, “I feel as prepared as on person can be ... I love this job.”
Interim SKC President Elaine Frank must love her job since she was given a Pendleton blanket in a moving presentation by Virgil Brave Rock, SKC social work department.
“They say leaders are like eagles. You don’t find them in flocks, but one at a time,” said Brave Heart, describing Frank.
Louise Andrew and Catherine Andrew, both raised in Niarada, received SKC honorary degrees.
Frank said an honorary degree is presented to a person who has made a difference for SKC or shows the essence of what SKC is about.
Then the SKC class of 2013 received their diplomas. Receiving 190 degrees, the SKC class of 2013 180 graduates included:
Tribal Historic Preservation A.A.
Regina Mad Plume
Computer Engineering B.S.
Secondary Science Education B.S.
Early Childhood Education B.S.
Early Childhood Education A.A.
Elementary Education B.S.
Juanita Costilla Sure Chief
Heidi Spotted Bear
Elementary Education A.S.
Christa Red Crow
Environmental Science Terrestrial B.S.
Environmental Science Terrestrial Resources A.S.
Environmental Science Fisheries & Wildlife B.S.
Thomas Tall Bull
Forestry Wildland Fire B.S.
Bennett Everett, Jr.
Bachelor of Social Work
Business Entrepreneurship B.A.
Urban Bear Don’t Walk
Business Management A.A.
Information Technology B.S.
Information Technology A.S.
Kevin Big Man
Information Technology Media Design A.A.S.
Life Science B.S.
General Science A.S.
Loretta Grey Cloud
General Studies Pre-Engineering Civil A.S.
Alvin Mitchell, Jr.
Fine Arts A.A.
Liberal Arts A.A.
Native American Studies A.A.
Native American Studies Certificate of Completion
Business Technology A.A.S.
Ilene Well Known
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion
Medical Office Clerk Certificate of Completion
Angelica Shining Double
Highway Construction Certificate of Completion
Alden Running Crane