Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
Bladen Community College conducted their graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening and graduated one of the school’s largest classes with 224 students earning degrees and certificates.
Bladen Community College Board of Trustees President Dennis Troy welcomed everyone to the ceremony and challenged the graduates reminding them they have the opportunity to “change the world.” Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt welcomed the graduating students and their families to the event. The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus performed a variety of songs for the ceremony.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Chancellor Dr. Robin Cummings gave the commencement address. He said many students who earn Associate Degrees at BCC go on to earn Bachelor degrees in the fields of Business, Social Work, and Education as well as other areas from UNCP. Dr. Cummings announced UNCP and BCC are working together to create a new dual enrollment partnership which will allow students an additional seamless Associate to Baccalaureate Nursing degree.
“You have just, in my opinion, completed the single most important investment in your future,” said Dr. Cummings.
Dr. Cummings shared his own story with the students. He was a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Pinehurst Surgical Clinic and Moore Regional Hospital, where he chaired the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Section of Cardiovascular and General Surgery. He said he was able to hold more than 3,000 hearts in his hands through his work as a surgeon. He credited his educational opportunities for this achievement.
Following, Dr. Cumming’s address, the degrees and certificates were awarded and Dr. Findt declared the students as graduates.
BladenOnline.com live streamed the event on our Facebook page.