CCCC summer grads celebrate their achievement
Graduating students of Central Carolina Community College applaud and smile doing an address at th ... (more)
Amy Cruz, of Lee County, delivers a graduation address at Central Carolina Community College's Sum ... (more)
Carlton Fortune (center) of Lee County, gets congratulatory hugs from his mother, Joyce Fortune (l ... (more)
Fernando Estrada (right), of Lee County, and his girlfriend, Mariela Sanchez, are all smiles follo ... (more)
Central Carolina Community College President Bud Marchant (left) congratulates Laura McEwen, of Ch ... (more)
Tammy Suite (left) and Monica Brooks, both of Chatham County, give a thumbs-up after receiving the ... (more)
Megan Hart (center), of Chatham County, gets smiles and hugs from her grandparents, C.B. Dowd (lef ... (more)
Delores Yeager, of Chatham County, delivers one of the graduation addresses at Central Carolina Co ... (more)
SANFORD - Cheers, applause, and whistles filled the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Aug. 6 as family and friends of Central Carolina Community College's summer 2013 graduating class gave vent to their excitement and joy.
The joy was increased by the smiles on the graduates' faces and the waves that some gave to the audience as they crossed the stage to receive their degrees, diplomas or certificates. Some wiped away a few tears as they realized that all the excitement was about them and all they had worked so hard to achieve.
The graduation speakers were Amy Cruz, of Lee County, and Delores Yeager, of Harnett County. Cruz earned her GED high school equivalency diploma at CCCC and then continued on to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Yeager earned her A.A.S in Office Administration.
"This is a day of celebration, a day to be proud - we've all conquered our goals," Cruz told the gathering. "I say thank you to the instructors for their dedication and patience and I thank my husband and three children for their patience through the years. This is a day we will all remember."
Yeager lost her job in 2007 and, with it, her confidence and self-esteem. Then she found out that the college's Human Resources Development Department offered classes for displaced workers, so she enrolled.
"Those HRD classes were a tremendous blessing," she said. "I improved my workplace skills and those classes were stepping stones that built my confidence to take curriculum classes. At 51, I have graduated with my A.A.S. as an honor student. As of yesterday, I have a full-time position with the town of Lillington. God has blessed me with wonderful people on my journey. Congratulations to the class of 2013."
During the exercises, students were recognized for outstanding academic achievement. Alexandria Clayton, of Chatham County, earned the highest grade point average for a student in the college's University Transfer Division. In the Vocational-Technical Division, Steven Baldwin and Lauren Barefoot were recognized for the highest grade point average among students earning Associate in Applied Science degrees, and Megan Andrews and Carol Thompson, for the highest among those earning diplomas.
The graduating members of the college's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society were also recognized: Anthony Heinz, Narrie Liverman, Carol Thompson, and Delores Yeager.
The graduating class earned a total of 424 degrees, diplomas and certificates, with some students earning more than one. Thirty-seven received Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees that will enable them to transfer to four-year colleges or universities with upper-division standing. The rest earned a wide variety of Associate in Applied Science degrees, diplomas or certificates in fields ranging from accounting to telecommunications.
When the last certificate had been presented, Julian Philpott, chair of the CCCC Board of Trustees, officially conferred the graduates' degrees, diplomas and certificates upon them. He then instructed the Summer Class of 2013 to transfer their tassels from the right side to the left side of their mortarboards, signifying their graduation.
With that, the audience erupted again with applause, cheers and whistles for what their graduates had achieved.
"Graduation truly is the most joyful day on the academic calendar," said CCCC President Dr. Budd Marchant. "Graduates, when you go out into the community, you will see how beloved CCCC is. That should make you feel proud. Always remember that you represent us and you are our greatest advocates."
At the beginning of the commencement exercises, the graduating class entered the main hall of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center two by two, following Chief Marshal and college mace-bearer Dr. Anthony Harrington. Harrington, an alumnus of CCCC, earned a diploma in Radio-TV Broadcasting in 1977 and an Associate in Arts in 1983. He went on to earn a doctorate from N.C. State University. Harrington worked as a Harnett County school teacher and radio news director before coming to CCCC as a broadcasting and history instructor. He retired in July, after 30 years at the college. In 2012, Harrington was one of the first recipients of the college's Distinguished Alumni Award.
"I've enjoyed all 30 years at CCCC," Harrington said prior to the commencement. "I've met a lot of wonderful people, taught a lot of wonderful students, and worked with the most fantastic group of instructors, staff and administrators in the state of North Carolina. No college cares as much about its students as CCCC."
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