Friday May 15, 2015 marked Pamlico Community College’s 48th Commencement Ceremony. Sixty-five individuals were awarded a degree, certificate, or diploma. Students preparing for university transfer walked the stage as well. A total of 126 credentials were awarded this year, with many students being able to accumulate certificates or diplomas in addition to their degree allowing them to further distinguish themselves in the workforce.
PCC Trustee Douglas M. Pearsall welcomed commencement guests to the ceremony,
Mr. Jeff Minges, President and CEO of Minges Bottling Group delivered an insightful, inspirational commencement address. Minges spoke candidly about his college experience and explained to graduates there was not a day that went by when he did not reflect on the fact that he had not completed his degree. “We all have choices in life to make…it’s what we make of those choices that define who we become.” Minges urged graduates to remember the value of a strong work ethic, citing his own experience starting his first job at age fourteen. Minges was required to rise through the ranks of his family’s business, and regardless of the task at hand, learn each aspect of the company’s operations. Minges went on to further explain that perseverance during times of adversity is a critical element for personal success. He heralded the value of mentorship and the importance of accepting constructive criticism, being willing to accept correction and move forward. Risk and opportunity, he explained, were inextricably linked. “When you’re given opportunities, take them. Don’t be left at the starting line because you’re afraid to try…throw off those bow lines and discover what this world has to offer.”
In keeping with tradition, awards for PCC’s Outstanding Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumnus were all presented. Mr. Jamie D. Gibbs, Vice President of Student Services proudly awarded Zachery James the 2015 Award for Outstanding Student.
Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina presented awards for Full-Time Faculty and Adjunct Faculty of the Year. PCC Mathematics Instructor Mr. Greg Gallagher received overwhelming support as the 2015 Full-Time Faculty of the Year, followed by which Ms. Lois Moye, received Adjunct of the Year. Ms. Michelle Willis Krause, PCC Chair of Off-Campus Programs and the college’s Criminal Justice Instructor, was named Alumnus of the Year award, which was presented by Mr. Jim Kellenberger, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation.
Mr. Jim Curry, Vice President of Administrative Services presented the 2015 Outstanding Staff Award. This year’s award went to Mr. Ed McNally, member of the Maintenance Department
Graduation festivities culminated with a reception in the Johnson Building, open to all attendees. The buzz in the air was palpable, as the evening was one filled with excitement, and the promise of bright futures. Without question, commencement is the most important event of the year at Pamlico Community College. It represents the college making good on its promise to provide accessible and affordable quality education, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities to those in its community. Preparing well-trained graduates is a commitment both college faculty and staff take seriously. Graduation day is the culmination of Pamlico Community College’s promise to the citizens of Pamlico County. Here’s to the class of 2015! Well Done PCC Graduates!