Nash Community College celebrated Curriculum commencement Friday, May 17, 2019 recognizing 555 students for completion of 680 degrees, diplomas and certificates at the College’s fifty-first annual graduation ceremony.
North Carolina Senator Rick Horner delivered the keynote address at the ceremony held in Brown Auditorium. “This evening is important to our county and state,” Horner said. “We are all blessed to have an institution like Nash Community College that offers so many pathways. What you have done gives hope to others who look at you and know they can do it.”
“I believe with all of my heart,” Horner continued, “that we have an obligation to share our good fortune with others. I ask you as you make your way in life to reflect on how you can make your world a better place.”
NCC President, Dr. Bill Carver gave each graduate a two-dollar bill as they walked across the stage. “Hopefully, this will be the first $2.00 of the fortune you will make after leaving here to make your way in the world,” he said. Carver also announced the planting of three trees in honor of the Class of 2019. “You are the year of the peach. Mark your calendars for five years, maybe four,” he said, “when these trees mature and we will sneak a few.”
Student Government Association President and Student Trustee Amberleigh Dornseif also addressed the graduates. “Attending Nash my first two years has been beneficial to me for several reasons. The biggest one is, that deep down I knew, I wasn’t quite ready to move away from my hometown. The second more important reason was that I saved my parents a lot of money,” Dornseif said.
“Nash Community College is full of the most inspiring people I have ever met. I have made friends with students from around the corner and from other states. Having the privilege of serving as Student Trustee has allowed me opportunities and to connect with people I may not have otherwise known,” Dornseif said.
Following her speech, Dornseif presented a special plaque to President Carver. “As you all know, President Carver is retiring this year following a career serving the citizens of Nash County. As President, he has advocated for students, and created a welcoming academic environment of Blue Love that has prepared us for the future,” Dornseif said.
“On behalf of the Class of 2019, I present this plaque, custom-made by the NCC Machining Department, in recognition of your commitment to serving others, and your dedication in preparing students for lifelong success,” she said.
“Many dedicated people have played a part in the campus we have today,” President Carver said. “Since 1967, NCC leaders have advocated tirelessly for local training needs, and the critical contributions technical programs make in our state’s economy, many times meeting resistance, but never giving up. And as a result, along with supportive partners the college is able to provide an exceptional learning environment. Thank you for choosing Nash. Class of 2019, you are to be commended for your hard work.”