Halifax CC awards degrees to the Class of
Ceremony marks 44th annual graduation
Halifax Community College (HCC) graduates of the class of
2011 were eager to march across the
May 14, in The Centre as they accepted credentials during
the 44th annual graduation.
This year, there were 468
degrees, certificates, and diplomas awarded including the
General Education Diploma (GED). HCC also had 248 graduates
participating in the ceremony along with 132 hooders for a
total of 380 participants.
Retired school administrator and Board of
Governors for the University of North Carolina member Dr.
Dudley E. Flood gave the commencement address. He noted five
things that graduates need to do to be successful.
Flood encouraged graduates to “find
something that you love to do so well that you would do it
free of charge if you could afford to…commit yourself to
whatever that is to the point that you get so good at it
that when people think about that thing, they think
immediately of you…figure out how to make money at
it…associate with people who respect what you do…and
diversify.” He added, “Don’t get in a rut. A rut is a
Flood explained that graduates are just
beginning, or commencing, something in their lives. “Live
every day like you think it will be your last,” he added.
North Carolina Community College System
(NCCCS) Associate Vice President of College and Career
Readiness Dr. Randy Whitfield brought greetings from NCCCS.
“You are our success,” said Whitfield to the graduates. She
noted that by 2018, 62 percent of all jobs will require
“You are very smart
to have gone ahead and started on the path to your career.
Today, when we talk about earning a living, we are actually
talking more about learning a living,” Whitfield added. She
commended graduates for their hard work and achievement.
President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. gave the charge to the
graduates. “My congratulations for your perseverance and
drive in continuing your program of study and you should
indeed be proud to join the ranks of HCC alumni,” said
Griffin, who gave special encouragement to HCC’s GED
graduates to continue their education at the college.
addition, he stressed that all graduates need to be the
“leaders for today and visionaries for tomorrow.” He charged
graduates to have these characteristics: lead with personal
integrity, have a giving attitude, have an unwavering
commitment to the truth, and have a long-term perspective
toward life and a passionate pursuit of excellence.
not allow yourself, your organization, your children or
anything attached to you to become mediocre. Being average
is not exactly the benchmark in today’s global economy. We
say we want excellence in our lives, but excellence is not
cheap. Often, we do not want to pay the price,” said
Griffin. “Life is too short to wake up with regrets.”
Graduate Elsie Davenport gave the student response. “I am so
glad to have reached this magic moment,” said Davenport.
“Everything one needs to be successful at this school is
provided by our advisors…We appreciate you.” She also
complimented various student services that are offered to
help students be successful at HCC.
Davenport then shared a story of a non-traditional student
who came through many obstacles and health problems in order
to gain an education. “Her HCC family, students and
administrators stayed by her side,” she explained. The
student was later revealed to be Davenport herself. In
addition, Davenport encouraged graduates to learn all they
Also part of the
ceremony, Griffin recognized recipients of the fifth annual
Presidential Partnership Award. The award recognizes
organizations and individuals who assist HCC in fulfilling
its mission. North Carolina Missions of Mercy, Branch
Banking & Trust, Southern Bank, First Citizens Bank, and
Marshall Grant were presented the award for their commitment
and partnership in developing education, workforce and
economic development programs in the Roanoke Valley.
Dr. Dudley E. Flood, center, addressed HCC graduates
during commencement exercises, May 14.
HCC class of 2011 graduates celebrated during the 44th annual graduation ceremony.