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Outdoor Commencement Ceremony Planned at NCC

Kevin Jones

Nash Community College will hold its 2021 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021 on the college campus in an outdoor, socially distanced event.

Graduates will convene in the Continuing Education & Public Services Building parking lot at 8:00 am to be directed for a grand processional around the campus.

Each graduate is allowed one vehicle and may have as many guests as their vehicle will allow. Once the car reaches the outdoor ceremony, the graduate will exit the car for a greeting by the NCC President, Board Chair and Vice-Chair.

Graduates should wear a mask, graduation cap and gown, all available in the Campus Store. While outside of the car, social distancing and mask-wearing will be required.

Rocky Mount native, Kevin Jones, will deliver the keynote address, which will be broadcast by Studio 67 as the graduates gather before the processional on WNIA 89.1 FM and live on YouTube.

Kevin Jones was the first in his family to attend college where he earned a degree in engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. After college graduation, he began a career working in federal policy.

Jones is a dedicated advocate for education as president and founder of the BAC Scholarship Fund, an educational foundation that has helped dozens of local students pay for college and assisted hundreds more in improving reading literacy and preparing for the workforce.

The BAC Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship program for graduating seniors in the greater Rocky Mount community where children not only receive financial assistance for higher education but also gain trusted mentors along the way as they develop academically and professionally.

The BAC Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $170,000 in scholarships and educational resources to students in Eastern NC while remaining engaged with students during and beyond their college years.

Since 2011, Jones has served full-time as a transportation specialist with the U.S. Department of Transportation. He has been recognized by the White House for his work in federal policy, and by WRAL for his philanthropic endeavors related to higher education. Jones was unanimously selected as an inductee into Nash Central High School’s Hall of Fame.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021. More information, including a link to register, will be shared closer to graduation.

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