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ECC Awards Record Number of Credentials

Edgecombe Community College awarded the largest number of credentials in college history to members of the Class of 2014 on Friday, May 9.

During the evening event, the college awarded 477 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates to a total of 414 students. An additional 191 students received GEDs and adult high school diplomas.

A number of graduates received multiple credentials. For example, Jacob Clark, Sarah Grady, and Lauralee Leary received associate in arts and associate in science degrees.

Also, for the first time ever, live streaming coverage of graduation was available. A total of 455 individuals viewed graduation online in real time.

Dr. David Herman, president and CEO of Vidant Health, delivered the commencement address.

“I am a community college graduate,” he said, “and it prepared me for the rest of my education,” which included a bachelor’s degree, medical degree, and master of science degree. Advocating for the affordability of community college, he said attending community college “allowed me to leave college with very little debt.”

He told the crowd that “community college graduates have a special connection for where they come from. You all are the product of the community in which you live. The connection of community has served you very, very well.

“With opportunity comes obligation. As you walk in the world, find more ways to create opportunity. Start a conversation about a world you want to see.”

Nina Sinclair, who received an associate degree in criminal justice, was the 2014 North Carolina Community College Academic Excellence Award recipient from ECC. President of the Criminal Justice Club as well as Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honor society, she attained a GPA of 3.6 at the college.

Special presentations were made by the ECC Foundation to an instructor and a staff member. Rebecca Stamilio-Ehret, instructor of physics and industrial/technical trades, received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Samanthia Phillips, dean of students, received the 2014 Staff Award.

Friday’s commencement marked the 45th graduation ceremony at the college.