A Kachemak Bay Campus graduate fidgets with her tassels while waiting for her commencement ceremony to start Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. KBC graduated students who earned their GED, associate degrees and more. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A Kachemak Bay Campus graduate fidgets with her tassels while waiting for her commencement ceremony to start Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. KBC graduated students who earned their GED, associate degrees and more. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus produces graduates at many levels

The May 9 commencement ceremony for graduates of programs at Kachemak Bay Campus was proof that there’s nothing a little dedication and a trusty Subaru can’t do.

The Homer campus for Kenai Peninsula College, a branch of the University of Alaska Anchorage, celebrated 57 graduates who earned everything from their GEDs to bachelor of arts degrees. Some Homer residents got degrees through a University of Alaska Southeast distance education program and received their diplomas at the ceremony.

Joey Evensen, a Homer-grown local and Homer High School graduate who went on to become a prominent geologist doing research in the oil and gas industry, returned as the keynote speaker. More than that, he has returned to Homer and is now teaching at the college, which he also holds a degree from.

After KBC, Evensen went on to earn degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Oklahoma.

He regaled the graduates and the community members gathered to support them with tales of the Subarus that got him through his various life stages and travels. A big point he drove home with the graduates was to not be afraid to make mistakes, and to think outside the box.

This sentiment was echoed by valedictorian Delcenia Cosman.

The graduates were:

Associate of Arts: Delcenia Cosman, Tara Colleen Findlay, Jenna Kropf, Hannah MacLean, Robert Martin, Jessie E. Mattson, Kyle A. Mattson, Pedro Ochoa Jr., Jaclyn Rainwater, Neal Wimmerstedt and Patricia Woo.

UAA Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: Brian Burns, Heather Hays, Angela Holland, Britt Milne, Sandy Plummer, Stacy Roderick and Kim Urban.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Paul Eneboe III and Michael Tupper.

UAS Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education: Steven L. Shannon.

UAS Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resource Management: Charlene Flyum.

GED: David Avendano, Jessica Bouman, John Clutts, Cami Green, Elizabeth Hull, Marion Jones, Griffin Shero and Sarah Turk.

American Welding Society Certification: Petr Afonin, Sean Blanie, Brent Ensign, John Kuklis, Joshua Lockwood, Bruce Nibert, Jacob Schmutzler and Will Schlein.

State of Alaska Certification, Certified Nursing Aide: Nina Aviles, Ulyana Cam, Mandy Jahanbin, Alexandra Kuzmin, Sophia Kuzmin, Nocile McKenney, Courtney Moody, Alexsandra Pozdeev, Elizaveta Reutov, Elizabeth Thatcher, Brianna Bahl, Matthew Baker, Steven Dilfer, Gavin Elvaas, Marian Jones, Kristina Mastre, April Stover, Pamela Tyhurst and Wendy Webster.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

Kachemak Bay Campus graduate Delenia Cosman gives her valedictorian address during the commencement ceremony for the community college’s 2018 class Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. Cosman earned her associate of arts degree. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus graduate Delenia Cosman gives her valedictorian address during the commencement ceremony for the community college’s 2018 class Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. Cosman earned her associate of arts degree. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus graduates listen during their commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus graduates listen during their commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus graduate Pedro Ochoa Jr. (center) laughs with classmates before their commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus graduate Pedro Ochoa Jr. (center) laughs with classmates before their commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

More in News

Teaser
Then Now: Looking back on pandemic response

Comparing messaging from 1918 to 2021

Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Repair costs rise as school facilities deteriorate

About $420 million worth of maintenance is needed at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District buildings.

Golden-yellow birch trees and spruce frame a view of Aurora Lagoon and Portlock Glacier from a trail in the Cottonwood-Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park off East End Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)
State Parks to hold meeting on Eastland Cottonwood unit

Meeting will include update on Tutka Bay Hatchery bill

Renewable IPP CEO Jenn Miller presents information about solar power during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Company looks to build solar farm on peninsula

It would be roughly 20 times the size of the largest solar farm currently in the state.

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Soldotna Trooper arrested for multiple charges of child sex abuse

He has been a State Trooper in Soldotna since June 2020.

This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. An Alaska state lawmaker was cited for driving with an open can of beer in his vehicle that another lawmaker said was actually his. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Lawmaker cited for open beer fellow legislator says was his

Republican Sen. Josh Revak plans to challenge the $220 ticket.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File
This 2011 photo shows the Taku and Malaspina ferries at the Auke Bay Terminal.
Costs add up as ferry idled nearly 2 years

Associated Press The cost to the state for docking an Alaska ferry… Continue reading

The Federal Aviation Administration released an initiative to improve flight safety in Alaska for all aviation on Oct. 14, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
FAA releases Alaska aviation safety initiatives

The recommendations, covering five areas, range from improvements in hardware to data-gathering.

AP Photo / Becky Bohrer
The Alaska Capitol is shown on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. There is interest among lawmakers and Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy in settling a dispute over the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend program, but no consensus on what the program should look like going forward.
Alaskans get annual boost of free money from PFD

Checks of $1,114 are expected to be paid to about 643,000 Alaskans, beginning this week.

Most Read