Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib will address graduates as the keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s annual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 16, in Seattle’s Key Arena.
“Ever since I took math and science courses at Bellevue College as a high school student, I have been gratified to see BC’s continual effort to expand opportunities for an ever-growing student population. I’m impressed and inspired by the talent and tenacity found in this year’s graduating class, and I look forward to celebrating their contributions and achievements in the years to come,” said the Lieutenant Governor.
Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. Habib is also a Truman Scholar and Soros Fellow.
After receiving his law degree, Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.
Before being elected as Washington state’s 16th lieutenant governor in 2016, Habib served in the Washington State Senate, where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team. Prior to that, he served as a member of the state House of Representatives.
As lieutenant governor, Habib has focused on four core issues areas: promoting economic development in Washington state, strengthening international relations, improving access to employment for veterans and disabled persons, and expanding higher education opportunities for all Washingtonians.
A three-time cancer survivor, Habib has been fully blind since age 8. His parents moved to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. The Washington Post has named him one of the top 40 rising political stars under the age of 40.
Bellevue College expects to award 2,730 bachelor’s and associate degrees, certificates and diplomas to 2,355 students. About 2,047 of this year’s graduating class will be comprised of graduates who will receive associate degrees. The class will include students as young as 14 and as old as 69, with an average age of approximately 27. Approximately 1,306 students are expected to graduate with distinction (3.5 grade point average or higher).
Last Updated June 22, 2017