Graduates from five counties and three states ready for commencement

May 12, 2014

Scores of graduates who have invested time, energy, fiscal and physical resources, and a personal commitment to be both better trained and better educated will be awarded degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the Ned Everett Delamar Center on the campus of Pamlico Community College, Friday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.

Three graduates have earned a degree in two academic disciplines. Lisa Sisk will be awarded an Associate’s Degree in General Education and Electroneurodiagnostic Technology. Penny Ford has earned a degree in
Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration. Jana Woolard will receive an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

The community’s presence at this prestigious ceremony of pomp and circumstance will help re-enforce the values acquired by these individuals whose ages and life situations span a broad spectrum of local society. While virtually all of the graduates are from North Carolina, one is from Ohio and one is from California.

Over two-thirds of the graduates are from Pamlico County but Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, Orange, and Washington Counties are represented in the graduating class. Almost two thirds of the graduates are between the ages of 20 and 50, but seventeen graduates are over 50; one is over sixty.

Five graduates have completed their college work at PCC while still in high school through the program known as the Career and College Promise. Qualifying high schools students can earn two years of college credits and enter one of North Carolina’s four-year universities with the possibility of earning a bachelor’s degree just two years after completing high school. This is in addition to the tremendous cost savings provided by this opportunity.

It has been said that a college degree or diploma in the real world does only one thing for a person. It helps an individual land his/her first job. It’s the education that one acquired with the training that helps one advance from that first job. Pamlico Community College instructors have invested countless hours in and out of the classroom helping PCC graduates become both better educated and better trained to embark on that first job after college.

The public is not just invited, but encouraged to attend commencement, to hug graduates, congratulate them, and acknowledge to them personally the significance of this milestone.

The Honorable James E. Ragan, III will be the commencement speaker and will be introduced by the college president, Dr. Cleve H. Cox. The 2014 Outstanding Student, Outstanding Faculty Member, Outstanding Adjunct, Outstanding Staff Member, and the student receiving the highest score on the High School Equivalency examination will also be recognized.