NCC ceremony bids farewell to graduates

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Nash Community College celebrated curriculum commencement Friday in the Brown Auditorium.

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From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Nash Community College celebrated curriculum commencement Friday, recognizing 555 students for completion of 680 degrees, diplomas and certificates at the college’s 51st annual graduation ceremony.

State Sen. Rick Horner, R-Nash, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony in Brown Auditorium.

“This evening is important to our county and state,” Horner said. “We are all blessed to have an institution like Nash Community College that offers so many pathways. What you have done gives hope to others who look at you and know they can do it.

“I believe with all of my heart that we have an obligation to share our good fortune with others. I ask you as you make your way in life to reflect on how you can make your world a better place.”

NCC President Bill Carver gave each graduate a two-dollar bill as they walked across the stage.

“Hopefully, this will be the first $2 of the fortune you will make after leaving here to make your way in the world,” he said.

Carver also announced the planting of three trees in honor of the Class of 2019.

“You are the year of the peach. Mark your calendars for five years, maybe four,” he said, “when these trees mature and we will sneak a few.”

Student Government Association President and Student Trustee Amberleigh Dornseif also addressed the graduates.

“Attending Nash my first two years has been beneficial to me for several reasons. The biggest one is, that deep down I knew, I wasn’t quite ready to move away from my hometown. The second more important reason was that I saved my parents a lot of money,” Dornseif said. “Nash Community College is full of the most inspiring people I have ever met. I have made friends with students from around the corner and from other states.”

Following her speech, Dornseif presented a special plaque to Carver.

“As you all know, President Carver is retiring this year following a career serving the citizens of Nash County. As president, he has advocated for students, and created a welcoming academic environment of Blue Love that has prepared us for the future,” Dornseif said. “On behalf of the Class of 2019, I present this plaque, custom-made by the NCC Machining Department, in recognition of your commitment to serving others, and your dedication in preparing students for lifelong success.”