PCC graduation to be held May 18

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Approximately 484 curriculum and GED® students are eligible to receive degrees, diplomas and certificates during Piedmont Community College’s 42nd commencement exercises on Friday, May 18. The ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Person High School stadium on Ridge Road. In case of rain, graduation will move into the PHS gymnasium.  

Graduates and the audience will hear a speaker who has a 30-year community college career and vast experience in community leadership, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr., Vice President for Durham and Regional Affairs at Duke University. Dr. Wynn served as President of Durham Technical Community College from 1980 to 2007, when he retired and was named President Emeritus.  

Dr. Wynn has the distinction of being the first African-American community college president in North Carolina. He has mentored many other college presidents and is a recognized leader in state and regional community college and academic associations.   A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Wynn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg. He is a Vietnam veteran. He holds both his master’s degree and his doctorate from N.C. State University. He also earned an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

His honors and recognitions are numerous, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Jim Hunt in 2000 and most recently the I.E. Ready Award in April, the highest honor bestowed by the State Board of Community Colleges.      

Also participating in the ceremony will be Dr. Walter C. Bartlett, PCC President; Linwood Cates, chair of the PCC Board of Trustees; Mike Dossett, PCC Vice President, Instruction and Student Development; Dr. Doris Carver, Vice President, Continuing Education; and the Rev. Ronald Booker, Pastor of Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Roxboro.  

Parking for graduation will be available in all PHS parking lots, and stadium entrances on both sides of the school will be open. Handicapped parking will be available in the north and lot (side near the gym), and golf carts will be available for transporting people who need assistance. Please note that Carver Drive will be closed to traffic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on May 18 to accommodate PCC’s graduation.