Alum Jonathan Tribula to Address Graduates
Commencement Begins at 7 p.m. in ECU's Minges Coliseum on May 12
By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its annual spring commencement tomorrow night with alum Jonathan Tribula addressing members of the college’s 2014 graduating class.
Tribula, a Kinston resident, recorded a 4.0 GPA as a university transfer student at PCC, where he was a student ambassador and member of the intercollegiate baseball team. He was a two-time Academic All-American for the Bulldogs and also earned a PCC Academic Excellence Award for classroom achievement and outstanding volunteer service.
"Pitt Community College is a special place, led by special people,” Tribula said. “It truly is an honor to come back to Pitt Community College and celebrate the accomplishments of the 2014 graduating class."
Upon completing his associate degree at Pitt in 1999, Tribula went on to earn a bachelor’s in Public Policy Analysis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. He completed a Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary five years later and a Masters of School Administration through East Carolina University in 2011. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Tribula has served as principal of Vanceboro’s Farm Life Elementary School since last year. Prior to his current position, he spent a year as the assistant principal at Hunt High School and two years in the same role at Beddingfield High School, both in Wilson County. His professional career also includes three years with Kinston High School in a variety of capacities, including teacher and assistant athletic director.
In addition to his work at Farm Life Elementary, the 35-year-old Tribula is an active member of Kinston’s Grace Fellowship Church. A PCC Outstanding Alumni Award recipient in 2010, he also serves as vice president of the PCC Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Tribula and his wife, Emily, a first-grade teacher at Southwood Elementary School in Lenoir County, have a 3-year-old daughter, Caroline.
PCC’s graduation ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in Minges Coliseum on the East Carolina University campus, with 510 members of the 2014 graduating class participating in the program.
As of last week, PCC Director of Enrollment Management/Registrar Joanne Ceres said the college anticipated awarding 1,233 credentials to 752 students, pending this spring’s final grades.
Including 363 students who graduated in December, Ceres said this year’s graduating class is comprised of 1,115 students who received a total of 1,860 credentials, with more students expected to graduate with the Class of 2014 this summer.