RCC celebrates 43rd commencement
While the official lists of graduates cannot be finalized until mid-June (after high school graduations), the total number of degrees and certificates promises to be close to 500, a release stated. As in previous years, this number includes students who completed their graduation requirements at the end of the summer and fall 2014 semesters, as well as those who have just completed the spring semester.
“Your skills, talents and positive attitude have created life and work opportunities,” RCC president Dr. Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther told the graduates at the open-air ceremony.
Among guests of honor joining Crowther and Dr. Donna Alexander, RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development, on the platform was keynote speaker Everett Jordan, educational director of Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School. Retired faculty members Robert Griffin and Leslie Smith attended to accept the title of Professor Emeritus, and RCC’s dean of dual enrollment, Walter “Petie” Norris, carried the ceremonial mace.
Tyron Williams, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Heathsville, pronounced the invocation and benediction. Stephen M. Tucker, chair of the RCC College Board, and vice chair William H. Pennell Jr. were present.
“We made it, and it was worth it all,” said class representative Brittany Thompson to the other graduates, before introducing the speaker.