EdCC graduation ceremony won’t move to Everett

LYNNWOOD – Edmonds Community College will keep graduation on campus.

The college’s presidential cabinet made that decision Monday after a student’s crusade to move commencement 14 miles north to the more spacious Everett Events Center.

EdCC’s administration left the door open to moving graduation in the future.

“It’s not closed forever,” said Susan Kostick, EdCC’s vice president for college relations. “This is something we are going to have to keep examining.”

“I’m livid,” said Leilani Leighton, 38, an EdCC student who led the drive to move commencement.

The college gym is too small to accommodate everyone who would like to attend, and the cramped quarters pose a safety concern, she said.

The college has traditionally held graduation in the gym, which has room for 1,800 people. Historically, graduates could get three or four tickets based on the number of students taking part.

Leighton said the college is not thinking about students who want to invite family and friends.

She doesn’t know who she can invite now with parents, in-laws, her husband, children and close friends to choose from.

“I’m torn now,” she said. “What do I do?”

Kostick said there wasn’t enough compelling evidence to justify the move.

“Obviously we know how important it is to our students and their families,” she said. “We wish the whole world could come.”

The Lynnwood Convention Center had been suggested as an alternative site, but its 1,200-seat capacity is less than the campus gym.

EdCC’s graduation is set for June 16.

“It’s important to have it resolved so people can go on and make their plans,” Kostick said.

Leighton said she will continue her campaign to move graduation and is thinking of changing schools in protest.

“It’s a bunch of baloney is what it is,” she said.

Reporter Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446 or stevick@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

More in Local News

An example of the Malicious Women Co. products (left) vs. the Malicious Mermaid's products (right). (U.S. District Court in Florida)
Judge: Cheeky candle copycat must pay Snohomish company over $800K

The owner of the Malicious Women Co. doesn’t expect to receive any money from the Malicious Mermaid, a Florida-based copycat.

A grave marker for Blaze the horse. (Photo provided)
After Darrington woman’s horse died, she didn’t know what to do

Sidney Montooth boarded her horse Blaze. When he died, she was “a wreck” — and at a loss as to what to do with his remains.

A fatal accident the afternoon of Dec. 18 near Clinton ended with one of the cars involved bursting into flames. The driver of the fully engulfed car was outside of the vehicle by the time first responders arrived at the scene. (Whidbey News-Times/Submitted photo)
Driver sentenced in 2021 crash that killed Everett couple

Danielle Cruz, formerly of Lynnwood, gets 17½ years in prison. She was impaired by drugs when she caused the crash that killed Sharon Gamble and Kenneth Weikle.

A person walks out of the Everett Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett Clinic changing name to parent company Optum in 2024

The parent company says the name change will not affect quality of care for patients in Snohomish County.

Tirhas Tesfatsion (GoFundMe) 20210727
Lynnwood settles for $1.7 million after 2021 suicide at city jail

Jail staff reportedly committed 16 safety check violations before they found Tirhas Tesfatsion, 47, unresponsive in her cell.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Separate road rage incident ends with fatal shooting in Lake Stevens

A man, 41, died at the scene in the 15300 block of 84th Street NE. No arrests have been made.

Nursing Administration Supervisor Susan Williams points at a list of current COVID patients at Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dozens of Providence patients in medical limbo for months, even years

About 100 people are stuck in Everett hospital beds without an urgent medical reason. New laws aim for a solution.

Lynnwood man arrested, released on $25K bond after road rage shooting

Deputies arrested the suspect, 20, for investigation of first-degree assault on Tuesday.

Mt. Baker visible from the summit of Mt. Dickerman on a late summer day in 2017. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
Hornets pester hikers on popular Mountain Loop trails

“You cannot out run the stings,” one hiker wrote in a trip report. The Forest Service has posted alerts at two trailheads.

Most Read