CONTACT:  TAMMY FISKE, 646-1812 or

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       3/1/2018

                                                                                                            (By Lisa Garrett

PENDLETON ---   Recent Tri-County Technical College graduates will have an opportunity to engage with other alumni, past and present, at Grad Fest, a celebratory class reunion event set for Friday, April 6, on the Pendleton Campus.

You Rock!!! is the theme for Grad Fest, a celebration of ALL graduates, not just December 2017 and May 2018.  The event will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. in the new Student Success Center.

The drop-in party will offer food (buffet and beverages), music and games for the entire family.

“There will be plenty of food an            d fun and the opportunity to reconnect with friends,” said Tammy Fiske, director of annual giving/alumni coordinator at Tri-County. 

New graduates (from December 2017 and May 6, 2018) may attend free of charge.  Tickets for other alumni and their guests are $5 each.  Individuals must RSVP online at                   

Attending graduates/alumni will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

This year’s event is a merging of two events – an alumni cookout and Grad Fest, a celebration for fall, spring and summer graduates, where they can pick up regalia for the upcoming May commencement.

“This year’s Grad Fest has expanded to give all alumni the chance to connect with fellow graduates they may not have seen in years, as well as with faculty and staff who are often instrumental in their success” said Tammy.  “It’s also a chance for many to see the new Student Success Center that opened in January.”

In addition, representatives from offices across campus will be available to answer questions and talk with graduates about college resources.  “I always remind alumni about their forever resource, the Career Services Office, whose team continues to assist alumni with career advice, resumes, and mock interviews even after graduation,” said Fiske.

Whether you're a recent Tri-County grad planning for full-time employment or an alumnus looking for a change, the College’s employability resource services can help you find the right career opportunity, she said.

 “I often meet alumni who ask if certain faculty and staff, many of whom are Tri-County grads themselves, are still teaching,” added Fiske.  “Attendees may be able to reconnect with instructors who had a positive influence on their lives as college students and beyond,” she said.  More recent grads can network with alumni who have been in the workforce.

Another way to reconnect is to follow the Facebook Alumni Association page at  It features posts on upcoming events and discussion among alumni.  Fiske also urges Tri-County faculty and staff who are graduates to follow the page and to post old and new photos, along with career updates and recollections of their years at Tri-County.

There are other engagement opportunities for alumni in the community, such as serving on an advisory committee or as a guest lecturer or on an alumni career panel.

“Our alumni are our best ambassadors,” said Fiske.

For more information on Grad Fest, go to