Information on 2023 ceremony speakers will be included here when they are chosen.

As a first generation college graduate and passionate advocate for workforce education, Dr. Morrison has committed her career advocating for college students and community and technical colleges. During her tenure at LWTech, Dr. Morrison has seen the college through post-Great Recession budgetary challenges, while growing college programs and partnerships. The College has grown program offerings with a focus on equity, completion, and empathy. In 2019 LWTech was named one of the Top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute, in part because of the College’s substantive completion efforts. Morrison is extensively involved in local, regional, and statewide initiatives including One Redmond, Cascadia Innovation Corridor, Washington Technology Industry Association, and serving as a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). She is also substantively involved in statewide community and technical college system work, including chairing the presidents’ legislative and strategic visioning committees. Morrison has been recognized for her inclusive, collaborative, and transparent leadership by NCMPR in 2017 as the Pacesetter of the Year, 2019 by EvergreenHealth with their Community Service Award, and by her alma mater University of Nebraska Lincoln Educational Administration Department with their 2020 Impact Award. Prior to leading LWTech, Dr. Morrison served for nearly ten years in vice presidential roles including advancement, as well as, campus operations at Clover Park Technical College. She began her community and technical college career at Bates Technical College in 1999. Prior to her community and technical college career, Morrison served as the Deputy Director in the Office of Congressman Norm Dicks where she focused on higher education and workforce outreach. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in December 2013 as part of the National Community College Leadership Cohort. Her dissertation focused on the importance of student completion (earning a credential such as a degree or certificate) for students pursuing a workforce or technical degree. She received her Masters of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College, and her undergraduate degree at Mills College.

Daria Schubert is a graphic designer, photographer, and Senior Adjunct Faculty at LWTech. Schubert has thirty five years of experience designing print graphics in freelance, small studio, print shop, and corporate environments. She received her Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State, San Luis Obispo, and later a LWTech certificate in web design. Schubert teaches a variety of design classes, which offers her the opportunity to engage with a variety of students in and outside of the Design program. Daria is inspired by nature and loves flowers and cats.
Nazanin Joseph-Laleh, who goes by Noa and uses she/ her/hers pronouns, moved to the United States with her family six years ago and learned English as her third language. This year she had the pleasure of serving as the Associated Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa’s Honor Society Chapter President, two experiences she would not trade for the world. Noa is graduating with a degree in Computer Science and as a Running Start graduate. Noa appreciates her LWTech journey and knows that she could not be here today without the support of the college’s amazing faculty, staff, and students. For that support, she thanks all that have been part of her educational journey.

Previous Ceremony Speakers


Guest Speaker Faculty Speaker Student Speaker


Dr. Amy Morrison, Lake Washington Institute of Technology President

Linda Raymond

Claudia Sa dos Santos Souza, Computer Science


Dr. Amy Morrison, Lake Washington Institute of Technology President

Stacy Woodruff

Abra Zink, Transportation Logistics and Supply Chain


Dr. Amy Morrison, Lake Washington Institute of Technology President

Dr. Sharon Raz

Monica Shoemaker, Behavioral Healthcase


Robert Taylor, Author

Thomas Abbot

Niloufar Mirhashemi, Computer Science


Michael Schutzler, CEO of Washington Technology Industry Association.”

Rosa Wade, M.N. - Nursing

Amanda Pelly, Applied Design


Dow Constantine, J.D., King County Executive

Letty Barnes, M.Ed. - Business

Michal Tidwell, Business Technology 


Robert Malte, Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen Hospital

Heath Davis, M.L.I.S., M.A. - Library

Ambera Dedic, Nursing


Representative Suzan DelBene, M.S.

James Howe - Computer Security Network Technology

Robert Lewis, Funeral Services Education


Dr. Amy Morrison, Lake Washington Institute of Technology President

Hector Valenzuela, M.A. - Mathematics

Richard Savedo, Multimedia Design / ASG President


Dale Peinecke, Commissioner of Employment Security Department

Robby Gilbert, M.Ed. - Multimedia Design

Shalliah Swinney, High School Academy, Pre-Nursing, ASG President


Michael D. Greenwood, Boeing Company

Kenneth Brown - Engineering Graphics 

Peter Huff, Multimedia Design,  ASG President


Dr. David Woodall, President of Lake Washington Technical College

Dr. Sharon McGavick, President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Emeritus

Dr. Grace Lasker, Science

Bronson Carter, Multimedia Design, ASG President


Senator Paull Shin

Phil Snider, English

Aaron Swanson, Diesel Mechanics, ASG President 


Senator Rosemary McAuliffe

Joe Gryniuk, Electronics

Seth Brown, Welding, Student Senator for ASG 


Dr. Sharon McGavick, Lake Washington Technical College President

Michael Hayes

Susan Dailey, Social and Human Services, ASG Records Officer


Senator Rosemary McAuliffe

Ben Taves, Welding

Travis Wright, ASG President


Senator Dave Schmidt

Heidi Shepherd, Social and Human Services

Jennifer Abbarno, ASG Vice President


Representative Toby Nixon

Jo Nelson, Science

Marcia Villasenor, ASG Vice President


Dr. Michael Metke, President Lake Washington Technical College

Paul Axtell, Automotive

John Dalzell, ASG President


Dr. Michael Metke, President Lake Washington Technical College

Robert A. Monroig, Marine, Motorcycle, Power Equipment

Dave Gallagher, ASG President


Ron Sims, King County Executive

Pat McPherson, Early Learning

Valesa Manawa, ASG President


Senator Maria Cantwell

Rebecca Jaffe, English

Joselito Lopez, ASG President


Roger Olgesby, Editor and Publisher of the Seattle Post Intelligencer

Sandra Campbell, English Second Language and Adult Basic Education

Glenn Stuttgen, ASG President


Representative Laura Ruderman

Patricia McPherson, Early Learning

Robert L. Pinski, ASG President


Santos E. Contreras, the Boeing Company

Gene Fosheim, Electronics Engineering

Patrick Casey, ASG President


Stanley McNaughton, Chief Executive Officer PEMCO Insurance

Gene Fosheim, Electronics Engineering

Crystal Devine, ASG President