Sen. Maria Cantwell to be Shoreline commencement speaker

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U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell will be the keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary Commencement for Shoreline Community College.

The graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8, in the college gymnasium.

“We are honored to have Sen. Cantwell on our campus and speaking to our graduates,” Interim President Daryl Campbell said. “Sen. Cantwell’s record of service to our community, state and country is long and distinguished. Her words and wisdom will be of great benefit to our students.”

Sen. Cantwell was 28 when she began her political career while living in Mountlake Terrace and winning a seat in the Washington State House of Representatives in 1986. She served three terms in Olympia before making the leap to the U.S. House in 1992, becoming the first Democrat elected to the 1st Congressional District seat in 40 years.

After one term in Washington, D.C., Sen. Cantwell went to work for RealNetworks as vice president of marketing. Returning to politics, Sen. Cantwell has served since defeating then-incumbent Sen. Slade Gorton in 2000, Mike McGavick in 2006 and state Sen. Michael Baumgartner in 2012.

Founded in 1964, Shoreline is marking 50 years of preparing students with the education and training they need for their next steps in life.

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