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Bladen County native Dr. Sylvia Johnson will be the featured speaker Friday, May 13 at Bladen Community College’s commencement program.

The graduation event on campus is open to graduates, their families and the community. Activities will start at 6 p.m. and a pre-recorded ceremony video will start at 8:15 p.m.

The graduation ceremony video will be shown on campus during the event on a large outdoor screen. The video will include the recognition of each graduate and is expected to be about an hour in duration. The video will also be live streamed on the college’s website and on the college’s Facebook page.

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a recent confirmed appointee of President Joe Biden to The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. The board is an independent, non-regulatory federal agency that investigates the root causes of major chemical incidents. A graduate of Tar Heel High School, Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate studies at Fayetteville State University, earned her masters at Virginia Commonwealth and obtained her PhD at Old Dominion University. Dr. Johnson has strong ties to the community and is the daughter of the late Herbert and Annie Johnson. She has spent the last two decades working in various aspects of workplace safety and health.

During the campus graduation celebration, graduates will have the opportunity to have a professional photograph taken in their cap and gown with the president of the college, receive a commemorative graduation gift, and enjoy different family friendly activities with complimentary, festive food choices. In addition, there will be music and photo opportunities around campus to capture memories for families and friends.

Graduates are urged to submit a photo and tribute to the college by May 1 to be used as an integral part of the graduation ceremony video. A special invitation and detailed instructions on how to participate in this year’s event was sent to all graduates by college president Dr. Amanda Lee.

“I am proud of your resilience and that of our faculty and staff,” Dr. Lee said. “Your hard work, patience, and grace will continue to serve you well in the future. I look forward to celebrating with graduates, their families, friends, and our BCC family on Friday, May 13th.”

For additional information or FAQs, check out the Graduation 2022 page at bladencc.edu.

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