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La'Quon Rogers to Address Class of 2015

La'Quon Rogers, a member of PCC's Class of 2015, has been selected to serve as the featured speaker during graduation this week. An Ayden native, his PCC career has been nothing short of amazing.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its annual spring commencement ceremony Wednesday night with graduate La’Quon Rogers addressing fellow members of the Class of 2015.

Graduation will begin at 7 p.m. in Minges Coliseum on the East Carolina University campus. A PCC-record 659 members of this year’s graduating class are expected to participate.

Due to the large number of graduates taking part in the ceremony, graduation attendees must have tickets in order to enter the arena. Each graduate has been given eight tickets to distribute to family and friends.

Including 340 students who completed their studies in December, Joanne Ceres, PCC Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management, says this year’s graduating class is comprised of 1,081 students.

Rogers, who will graduate from the University Transfer program, put together a remarkable academic career at PCC. Through hard work in the classroom and with many campus and state organizations, he earned numerous awards and accolades along the way.

“My experience here at PCC has been one I'll forever treasure,” the 21-year-old Ayden native says. “This place has definitely prepared and propelled me toward a bright future. The faculty and staff here have become my family, and campus has been my home away from home.”

The son of Tremayne Rogers and Alisa Barrett and grandson of Frankie and Julia Rogers, La’Quon’s began his PCC career through the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program. He served as the college’s Student Government Association president during the 2013-14 academic year, a PCC Student Ambassador in each of the past two years, and a marshal during last year’s graduation ceremony.

As SGA president, Rogers coordinated an effort to provide PCC students with information on a $19.9 million-bond referendum the college was seeking to construct a science building and purchase a facility for law enforcement training. The bond ultimately passed with support from 62 percent of Pitt County voters.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey said he thoroughly enjoyed working with Rogers on the bond project and called him a tremendous example of student success at the college. He said Rogers represents the best PCC students have to offer in terms of integrity, persistence and service to others.

“PCC has had many strong student government leaders over the years; La'Quon follows in that tradition but distinguishes himself,” Massey said. “It is not just his God-given talents, speaking, studying, being consistently positive and proactive in his interactions with all kinds of people on campus and in the community, but the way he has dedicated himself to the mission and goals of Pitt Community College.”

For the past year, Rogers has represented the state’s 800,000 community college students as president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA), a position that also included ex-officio membership on the State Board of Community Colleges.

This spring, the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) presented Rogers with its Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award – the first time a PCC student has received the prestigious award.

“I applaud La’Quon’s accomplishments as head of all North Carolina community college students and a part of the N.C. State Board, and for being honored as the Gov. Robert Scott Leadership awardee,” Massey said. “He has helped many others by embodying what community colleges do for so many leaders, employers and citizens in our society."

In addition to the Scott Award, Rogers’ long list of achievements includes PCC and NCCCS academic excellence awards. He also received Pitt’s $1,000-President’s Scholarship and N4CSGA’s Daryl Mitchell Outstanding Student Award (Eastern Division) and Ray Jeffries Award for outstanding leadership and support of the organization.

A devout Christian who serves as associate minister at Little Creek Free Will Baptist Church in his hometown, Rogers is planning to transfer to East Carolina University and ultimately pursue an MBA and law degree.