Editor’s note: Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen gave a commencement speech to City University of Seattle on Saturday about the importance of education. His prepared remarks are below the video.
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Congratulations on your degree!
What a wonderful accomplishment.
This will be one of the major determinants of your future.
This seminal step in your life is an important beginning. The beginning of the lifelong learning essential to maintain your economic and intellectual health in today’s uncertain and ever-changing world.
One hundred years ago, a high school education was our country’s primary path to a better life.
Fifty years ago, that path began to also require post-secondary education or technical training.
Today, a baccalaureate degree and life-long learning are essential.
In the future, two-thirds of new jobs will require a college degree.
How ironic that our state’s shameful disinvestment in higher education has resulted in 20,000 well-paid, high-skilled jobs going unfilled at this very moment, while our state’s wealth and opportunity gaps grow.More