By Chelsea Lindquist, Communications Specialist, Bates Technical College
TACOMA, Wash. – The City of Olympia Fire Department’s Assistant Chief of Operations Pat Dale will deliver the keynote address at Bates Technical College’s seventy-third commencement exercise, held in the exhibition hall of the Tacoma Dome on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m.
A 1982 graduate of the college’s five-decade-old Fire Service program, Dale has more than 30 years fire service experience and is a regular instructor for the college’s Fire Officer and Command Training courses. Previous to working for the City of Olympia, Dale worked for 16 years in the Kent Fire Department.
In addition to the assistant chief, Child Studies instructor Karen Patjens, and Biomedical Service Technician: Clinical Engineering program graduate Chris Hansen will give speeches at the ceremony.
Annually, more than 800 students complete their career education programs at Bates and leave to begin careers throughout the year. On Friday evening, approximately 300 graduates will return to celebrate their educational achievements and participate in the ceremony.
To learn more about the commencement ceremony, visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Commencement, or call 253.680.7000.