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PCC Salutes Largest-Ever Graduating Class


By Allison Deville
PCC Communications Intern

GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College’s largest-ever graduating class walked across the stage May 13 at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum.

The 2011 graduating class consisted of 1,037 students, an 11 percent increase from 2010. PCC administrators say 471 students participated in the ceremony.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey congratulated graduates, telling them they had earned the right to be part of the college’s 50-year tradition of excellence.

“Graduates, I urge you to be one of the proud alumni of Pitt Community College and take the opportunity to thank those faculty members who coached you to this victory,” Massey said.

“And please stay connected to PCC,” he continued. “We are a college on the move and hope you will become involved in our alumni association and stay connected to the college in the years to come.”

Dr. Judith Kuykendall, former PCC Health Sciences Dean, was this year’s commencement speaker. The former PCC employee, who retired in 2000 after working 30 years at the college, offered the graduating class words of wisdom.

“One of the most important aspects of assuring your success is to continue to develop your knowledge by learning and studying,” Kuykendall said.

Morgan Kern, a medical sonography graduate and Student Ambassador for the past three years, provided the graduate response.

“Even though attending PCC was not part of my original plan, I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that PCC was the perfect school for me,” Kern said. “PCC has given us a wonderful hope and a bright, new future.”

Kern also advised students to balance hard work with leisure.

“Always strive for excellence, never give up no matter how difficult the task ahead may seem, enjoy life, and take time to smell the roses,” she said.

As part of the graduation ceremony, PCC Trustees presented Randy Collier, Donnie Skinner and Kuykendall with Distinguished Service Awards. The honor was created by the college’s governing board in 1989 to recognize individuals for their efforts to enhance the college’s mission and services.