SANFORD - Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness Commencement Exercise was held May 14 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center, honoring the achievements of more than 160 students.
CCCC President Dr. Lisa M. Chapman welcomed the audience.
Dr. Nutan Varma, CCCC College and Career Readiness Coordinator in Harnett County, introduced the commencement student speaker.
Student Speaker Ashli Overby, of Harnett County, said, "I want to start this off by expressing how truly proud I am of everyone sitting in the rows before me. You guys did it! All by yourself, and now nobody can take that from you. I feel honored to be in the graduating class with such intelligent and kind people."
Overby noted: "Education and wisdom is something that can never be taken away from you. Even when you feel stripped of everything, your mind is the one thing that they can't take from you. This is your own. You worked hard for this. It does not matter how you got there, as long as you did. ... So, I am asking you all to take risks and work hard for your dreams. You can do anything you put your mind to, and that is evident by you receiving your diploma today. Remember that you are in control of your future."
Sandra M. Thompson, CCCC Associate Dean of College and Career Readiness, recognized the honor graduates.
Several students received CCCC Foundation scholarships to continue their education. The students are Taylor Simmons, Patrice Bethea, Hannah Paige Allen, Jalen Austin, Saira Rodriguez, and Evan Alexander Lucas. Jeffrey Minter was recipient of the W.B. Wicker Memorial Scholarship.
Penny Shoun, Chief GED Examiner, introduced the candidates for graduation, who each received congratulations from Dr. Lisa M. Chapman, CCCC President, and Julian Philpott, Chairman of the CCCC Board of Trustees.
Following the commencement exercises, family and friends celebrated with the graduates.
For more information about Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact: in Chatham County - 919-545-8663, in Harnett County - 910-814-8971, or in Lee County - 919-777-7701.
Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness Commencement Exercise was held May 14 at Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center, honoring the achievements of more than 160 students.
Ashli Overby was the commencement student speaker at Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness Commencement Exercises on May 14.