PCC graduation to be held May 18
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
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.
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