CCC&TI celebrates 2014 graduates

May. 10, 2014 @ 02:02 PM

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute honored a total of 653 graduates in ceremonies Friday evening at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

This graduating class, coming in the year that the college celebrated the 50th anniversary of its charter, heard a special address by the founding president of the college, Dr. H. Edwin Beam.

“There were many people that were involved in creating this institution, an institution that was different from any other in existence in our region at that time. But that’s all history,” Beam said, “and today is your day, and you are about to become a part of that history. I hope that today has been a ‘top of the mountain day’ for you all. You are now a part of the history of this institution. I will add more thing: Don’t stop learning.”

Larry Taylor, chairman of the CCC&TI Board of Trustees, noted that the Class of 2014 included:

• 294 first-generation college students.

• graduates ranging in age from 18 to 68, with the average age being 29.

• 19 Dream Scholars.

• 41 TRIO Student Support Services students.

Ann Smith of the CCC&TI Board of Trustees presented this year’s Trustees’ Student Awards of Merit to Elizabeth Bullock, an Associate in Art student, and Kari Clossman, an Early Childhood Education major. The awards are selected based on faculty nominations for outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service.

Presented by Vice President of Curriculum and Adult Education Margaret Hampson, the Dr. Donald Lackey Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Gloria Rabun, Reading Coordinator and Instructor. The award honors a faculty member who characterizes personal dedication, concern for student welfare and academic excellence.