CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

06-25-2013
College & Community, College General, Students/Graduates

SANFORD - The cheering and applause in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center June 20 rivaled that at any championship basketball game.

Only those on the floor weren't wearing uniforms and scoring points; they were gowned in blue academic robes and had just won a major victory in self-confidence, academic achievement, and hope in a brighter future. Failure, discouragement, and, for many, a long-standing sense of self-doubt had been defeated.

The cheering and applause was by more than 1,000 proud and excited family and friends as about 150 students walked across the Civic Center's stage and received their Adult High School or General Educational Development diplomas, earned through Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness division. A total of 246 students earned diplomas.

Student speakers for the graduation were Tina Thomas, of Chatham County, Joshua McCorquodale, of Harnett County, and Bobby Clegg, of Lee County.

The audience was happy, but Clegg began his remarks noting, "You're not as happy as we are!"

He had dropped out of high school, only to discover that everything he wanted in life needed a diploma. In his 40s, he finally enrolled in CCCC's GED program, thinking it would be a breeze. It wasn't, and he dropped out again. He credited the College and Career Readiness instructors with convincing him to return and complete his GED. He also credited his faith in God, saying that the Lord told him, "48 is not too late" to get an education. Now, he plans to continue his studies at the college level.

"If you believe, you can achieve - don't quit," he said. "Education is the key to success in life and business. You can do it - You can win!"

The audience cheered and applauded in agreement.

Other student speakers were Tina Thomas, of Chatham County, and Joshua McCorquodale, of Harnett County.

Thomas quit high school at the age of 16, in spite of having good grades. In the following years, she worked hard at several jobs, but always saw how raises and promotions passed her by because she didn't have a high school diploma. She married and raised four children, but always felt the loss from having dropped out. Then, on vacation one year, she had a stroke and had to have open-heart surgery.

"That got me thinking how lucky I was to be alive," she said. "It was time for me to go back to school."

Now, she plans to continue her education at CCCC in Human Resources.

"Start your to-do list before life gets in the way," she told the gathering. "To the youth - work hard in school so you don't have to struggle in the future. To the graduates - we're all destined to succeed; you just have to choose how to do so."

McCorquodale's excitement at his accomplishment was contagious.

"I thank my parents and CCCC - you gave me confidence," he said. "Thank you for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. My time at CCCC has been the most inspirational time."

During the commencement exercises, six Adult High School and 19 GED graduates were recognized for academic excellence. Thirty-five in the graduating class had also earned a Career Readiness Certificate in addition to their diploma. The CRC certifies to employers that a person has the foundational workforce skills in reading, math, and locating information that are required in 90 percent of jobs.

CCCC Harnett Provost Bill Tyson and college trustee Ophelia Livingston presented scholarships to several students. CCCC Foundation scholarships went to Wendi Perez-Sanchez, of Chatham County; Larry Jones, of Harnett County; and Samantha Christie, of Lee County. Dominque Anderson, of Harnett County, received the W.B. Wicker Scholarship; Tina Thomas, of Chatham County, received the Everette T. Hickman Scholarship; and Joseph Snouwaert, of Lee County, received the John McCullough Spirit Scholarship. All the graduates received a Tuition Scholarship Voucher for one continuing education or one three-credit hour curriculum course at CCCC

Katelan Webster, of Chatham County, had the honor of bearing the college mace and heading the academic procession of college administrators, faculty and graduates.

Ofelia Gonzalez, of Lee County, received her GED diploma. Gonzalez said she and her family were very excited about her graduation because she had achieved her second goal.

"My first goal was to become a United States citizen, and I achieved that in 2011," she said proudly.

At the conclusion of the exercises, Dr. Pam Senegal, CCCC vice president for Economic and Community Development, addressed the graduates, quoting Dr. Seuss.

"You're off to great places! Today is your day!" she said, with a congratulatory smile for the graduates. "Your mountain is waiting, So...get on your way!"

And, followed by more cheers and applause from the supportive audience, the graduates marched out to do just that.

For more information about Central Carolina Community College's Adult High School and General Education Development programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or slambert@cccc.edu at the Siler City Center, or 919-545-8028 or jherndon@cccc.edu at the campus in Pittsboro; Harnett County - 910-814-8974 or cbbaggett@cccc.edu at the Lillington Adult Education Center; or Lee County - 919-777-7707 or kpearson@cccc.edu at Lifelong Learning Center at W.B. Wicker Business Campus. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667 or jherbon@cccc.edu.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

p>Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness division held its Adult High School and GED graduation exercises June 20 in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. During the exercises, Joseph Snouwaert (right), of Lee County, was presented the John McCullough Spirit Scholarship by college trustee Ophelia Livingston. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Lee County resident Bobby Clegg addresses his fellow graduating class members during Central Carolina Community College's June 20 Adult High School and GED graduation exercises. More than 1,000 proud and excited family and friends filled the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center main hall to celebrate the graduates' achievements. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas through the college's College and Career Readiness division. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness division held its Adult High School and GED graduation exercises June 20 in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Among those graduating were Maria Balma (left) and Ofelia Gonzalez (right), both of Lee County, shown with Eileen Harrington, their instructor. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Dr. Pam Senegal (left), Central Carolina Community College vice president for Economic and Community Development, congratulates Chatham County graduate Christie Beaman during the college's June 20 Adult High School and GED graduation program. More than 1,000 proud and excited family and friends filled the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center main hall to celebrate the graduates' achievements. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas through the college's College and Career Readiness division. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Chatham County resident Tina Thomas addresses her fellow graduating class members during Central Carolina Community College's June 20 Adult High School and GED graduation exercises. More than 1,000 proud and excited family and friends filled the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center main hall to celebrate the graduates' achievements. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas through the college's College and Career Readiness division. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Chatham County resident Tina Thomas (right) receives a congratulatory kiss from her husband, Jason Thomas, following Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness graduation ceremony June 20 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Harnett County resident Joshua McCorquodale addresses his fellow graduating class members during Central Carolina Community College's June 20 Adult High School and GED graduation exercises. More than 1,000 proud and excited family and friends filled the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center main hall to celebrate the graduates' achievements. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas through the college's College and Career Readiness division. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness division held its Adult High School and GED graduation exercises June 20 in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. During the exercises, college trustee Ophelia Livingston (left) presented the W.B. Wicker Scholarship to Dominique Anderson, of Harnett County. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.

CCCC Adult High School/GED graduates celebrate achievement

Janine McNeil, of Harnett County (left) gives a congratulatory kiss to her boyfriend, Brandon Huffman, following Central Carolina Community College's College and Career Readiness graduation exercises June 20 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. A total of 246 students earned Adult High School or GED diplomas. For more information on the programs, visit www.cccc.edu or contact a College and Career Readiness office: Chatham County - 919-545-8661 or 919-545-8028, Harnett County - 910-814-8974, or Lee County - 919-777-7707. Para mas informacion en espanol - 919-545-8667.