Kate Brown at Commencement 2018
Governor Kate Brown Keynote Speaker at Commencement 2018
Brette Bliss, copy editor
June 16, 2018, Oregon Tech’s 70th Annual Commencement ceremony featured Oregon State Governor Kate Brown as the keynote speaker.
According to her website, Brown “dedicated $170 million to career technical education programs across the state, offering students hands-on learning opportunities that prepare them for jobs, expose them to new technologies."
Brown noted Oregon Tech’s hands on learning and industry partnerships are the epitome of her Future Ready Oregon program, and this led her performing the keynote address at the 2018 commencement.
She is most proud that during her time as governor that she has been able to remove barriers to higher education by making community college affordable for students through the Oregon Promise Program.
The Oregon Promise Grant covers the tuition costs for recent high school graduates or GED recipients who plan on attending an Oregon community college. This program is available to students who plan on attending community college within six months of completing their GED program or graduating high school and have fewer than 90 college credits.
Brown entered politics because she wanted to be a voice for the voiceless. She went law school to pursue justice and equality. Brown says it is important for underrepresented communities to have voices at the leadership table and that having more women and people of color running for office “bodes well” for the future of Oregon.
Brown wanted students and graduates to know that they can make a difference if they put in the “elbow grease” and work towards changing the world.