Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Initiatives are for
and by the Lummi community’s children and families

Celebrating Early Childhood Education at Northwest Indian College’s Graduation Ceremony

- Written by Shelley Macy and Nahrin Aziz Parsons

Our 2014 ECE graduates, Erin Henry, Alexis Ballew, Ruth Elgin, and Kelsie Lawrence are pictured with Shelley Macy, Lead ECE Faculty and Sacred Little Ones Principal Investigator (center). All four of our ECE graduates work in tribal early learning programs, and three of the four are at Lummi.

On Friday, June 20, 2014, Northwest Indian College celebrated its commencement at the beautiful Wexliem Community Building. The Class of 2014 consisted of 115 students earning either their two-year or four-year degrees, or their General Education Diploma.

Dr. Dakotah Lane, a Lummi tribal member, was our keynote speaker. He shared his story about graduating from the University of Washington, joining the Peace Corps, and attending medical school at Weill-Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lane also shared with our graduates his plans to return to his reservation to work as a physician at the Indian Health Services clinic, upon completion of his residency.

Of the 115 students who graduated this year, four earned their Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree in Early Childhood Education (AAS-T ECE). The number of students graduating with their AAS-T ECE degree is indeed growing: This is the highest number of ECE graduates at any one time ever in the history of Northwest Indian College!

We congratulate our graduating class of 2014. It was a monumental time for our students, and on behalf of Northwest Indian College and the AAS-T ECE Degree Program, we commend them on their academic achievements and professional success!