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Brown to speak at Hillsboro graduation

The governor will highlight how the school exhibits the characteristics she seeks in other schools through her Future Ready Oregon Initiative.

PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate BrownGov. Kate Brown plans to give the keynote address at Hillsboro High School's graduation ceremony Saturday, June 9.

Brown chose to give a speech at the high school because it exhibits some of the qualities she would like to see through the Governor's Future Ready Oregon Initiative.

The initiative seeks to close the gap between the skills needs in the workforce and those taught in schools.

"Graduation is not a finish line, it's a launch pad. Taking on something big and starting something new at the end of a long and tiring journey is the epitome of the Oregon way," Brown said in a statement. "Just like the mavericks on the Oregon Trail who came together to make the Oregon we know and love, we need today's graduates to come together with all different skills and talents to make the Oregon of tomorrow."

Hillsboro High School has strong career-technical education (CTE) and other career-related learning programs, including one of the state's only auto mechanics program. The school also offers horticulture, robotics and a new bioscience program.

After the keynote speech, the governor plans to greet and graduates on stage as they receive their diplomas.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 at Hillsboro High School Stadium, 4450 N.E. Century Boulevard.