Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome Judge Vinston Rozier as the commencement speaker for the 2015 High School Completion Graduation on May 19, at 5:30 PM. The commencement service recognizes students who have earned an Adult High School Diploma or the High School Equivalent Diploma.
Judge Rozier graduated as Valedictorian from Tar Heel Middle – Senior High School in 1994. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Joseph Pogue full academic scholarship. While a student, Judge Rozier served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Student Congress and Vice President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In his free time, Judge Rozier sang in a gospel choir and worked as a substitute teacher.
In 1998, he enrolled in the School of Law at North Carolina Central University, participating on the Trial Advocacy Team and in the Christian Legal Society. Rozier was a member of the Family Law, Civil, and Criminal Litigations Clinics.
Whiling working on his law degree, Judge Rozier coached the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Carolina Friends School in Durham, where he was recognized by the conference as Coach of the Year. He also worked as a student teacher with the Street Law Program in Durham.
In 2006, nominated by his peers at the age of 29, Judge Rozier became the youngest District Court Judge ever appointed to serve Wake County. Reelected by the citizens of Wake County, he served a second four-year term. Later, he was selected for an international delegation of young political leaders to represent the United States in the country of Jordan. In 2011, he returned to service as a Wake County District Court Judge.
Appointed by Attorney General Roy Cooper, Rozier served as the first Ombudsman to the State Bureau of Investigation for the North Carolina Department of Justice. His professional history has given him numerous opportunities to make decisions affecting not only the residents of Bladen County but of North Carolina.
Rozier embraces the role of public servant. His many contributions include serving as a Judge for the Capital Area Teen Court, participating as the Interim Chair for Project Ricochet, Inc., and serving as a Board Member for SAFEchild.
With active participation on the boards of PLM Families Together and Passage Homes, he is dedicated to assisting with the needs of homeless families. He is a frequent speaker at community events, schools, and churches. His community service has earned him the North Carolina State University Gus Witherspoon Community Award for politics.
Judge Rozier has competed in a marathon, nine half-marathons, and four triathlons. He is the author of 101 Days: The Fruit of the Spirit in You. He is the son of Bladen County School Board member Reverend Vinston Rozier, Sr. and Lynne Rozier, a local teacher. Married to attorney Dekhasta Becton Rozier, the two reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.