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MOSES LAKE- Big Bend Community College is preparing for it’s 2019 graduation ceremony, which will take place on Friday evening. The ceremony will be held in downtown Moses Lake at Lion’s Field where graduates ages 17 to 60 will finish their community college careers.

The keynote speaker at the event is Quincy local, Alex Ybarra, who was appointed the seat left vacant by Matt Manweller as the 13th Legislative District Representative, earlier this year. Big Bend has a special place in Ybarra’s heart, since his daughter, Mica Ybarra, graduated from there as a Running Start student last year.

“I’m honored to be asked to give the commencement speech at the Big Bend Community College graduation ceremony,” Ybarra said. “(Mica) is currently a successful upper classman at BYU, Provo. Her success is a direct reflection of the rigorous curriculum practiced at Big Bend.”

This year has no shortage of Running Start graduates, with 115 students earning their high school and Associates’ degrees in 2019.

The graduation ceremony will see 513 degrees be awarded to the 493 graduates. The graduates come from all over, including Washington, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Idaho, California, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and Oregon, along with one from Canada and one from South Korea.

The ceremony will take place a half hour earlier than usual, at 5:30 p.m., on Friday.

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