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Apr. 28, 2016
HCC to hold 2015 Commencement, Bryant is keynote
WELDON, N.C. – Senator Angela Bryant, Judicial District 6, will be the featured speaker at Halifax Community College’s (HCC) commencement exercises slated for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, in The Centre’s auditorium. This is the College’s 49th annual commencement. The event is free and open to the public.

Angela R. Bryant, JD, is an inclusive diversity and organizational development consultant with Angela Bryant Consulting, which is affiliated with VISIONS, Inc., an organization which she co-founded. She is the former director and one of the developers of The Wright’s Center, Inc., an adult day healthcare project in Rocky Mount founded by VISIONS, Inc. in 1989 for elders, disabled adults, their caregivers and service providers.

Ms. Bryant has more than 30 years of legal experience and was an N.C. state administrative law judge for 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Juris Doctorate degree in law at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She has held several appointed governmental positions, including service on the UNC-CH Board of Trustees and the UNC System Board of Governors. She was a charter member and former president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the 1983 Lawyer of the Year for the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers for co-founding the Land Loss Prevention Project at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

In 2006 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC-CH, and in 2010 she received the Service to Humanity Award from the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. She served on the Rocky Mount City Council for three years and was appointed to the House of Representatives on Jan. 23, 2007. In 2010 she received the Friend of the Counties Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and the Frederick Douglas Leadership Award from the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials and in 2011 the Defender of Justice Award from the NC Justice Center. In 2012 she received the South East Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors Legislator of the Year Award for promoting the development of public, educational and government access channels in local communities. In 2013, Bryant received the Champion of NC Working Families Award from NC Families Care for sponsoring the Caregiver Relief Act and the Healthy Workplaces Act and for overall efforts on behalf of North Carolina working families and, in 2014, Senator of the Year by the League of Conservation Voters.

Senator Bryant is serving her fifth term in the legislature - three terms in the House and two in the Senate. She is currently a member of the Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources, Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources, Appropriations Base Budget, Commerce, Education and Higher Education, Finance, Judiciary II and Pensions & Retirement and Aging Committees. In Dec. 2015, Ms. Bryant was appointed to six Joint Legislative Oversight Committees on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, Economic Development and Global Engagement, Elections, Justice and Public Safety, and Medicaid and NC Health Choice (Advisor) and the Joint Subcommittee of the Justice and Public Safety Oversight Committee and the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee. In Jan. 2016, Ms. Bryant was appointed to the Legislative Research Commission Study Committee on Homeless Youth, Foster Care and Dependency. She is also one of the Senate Deputy Democratic Leaders, the first vice-chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and chair of the North Carolina delegation of the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission (appointed by the governor).

In her work, Ms. Bryant has been consulting and training individuals and organizations to apply principles of justice to interpersonal problem-solving and organizational development for over 20 years. She particularly focuses on the areas of equality and justice, community economic development, managing transitions, collaborative problem solving, meeting facilitation, overcoming the internalized effects of inequity, train-the-trainer model, youth and adult leadership development and global inclusive excellence issues.
Senator Angela R. Bryant
Halifax Community College's Mission
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.
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