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May 28, 2014
RVEC graduates first class of students
WELDON, N.C. – Roanoke Valley Early College (RVEC) graduated the Class of 2014 on May 23 on the campus of Halifax Community College (HCC). This was the first graduating class for RVEC. Thirty-nine students graduated.

Entrepreneur, singer and songwriter Gregory Drumwright gave the commencement address. He emphasized that graduates need to learn to dream. "You can't live in this moment," said Drumwright. "There are greater things ahead."

"The glory of this moment will fade," he continued. "You must push forward, push ahead… This is only the beginning." Drumwright also warned graduates about "dream killers."

Graduates have each completed between 100-200 hours of community service, 100 percent have been accepted into a post-secondary institution, and collectively have been awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships.

RVEC opened in 2009 as a result of the partnership between HCC, Weldon City Schools and the North Carolina New Schools Project. Students matriculate through a rigorous curriculum and have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, an associate's degree and/or two years of transferable credits to a four-year college or university.

RVEC's digital learning and one-to-one environment allows for teaching and learning opportunities that better equip students with 21st century skills and global understanding. Over the past five years, RVEC enrollment has tripled and currently totals 181 students. The school serves grades 8 through 13 with the 8th grade academy established to help prepare students for the high school curriculum and their early college expectations.

Visit http://rvec.weldoncityschools.org/ for more information about RVEC.
Senior Class President Tronjay Davis Commencement Speaker Gregory Drumwright
Senior Class President Tronjay DavisCommencement Speaker Gregory Drumwright
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239