Wayne Community College will celebrate its graduates three times next week.
Two ceremonies are being held on Thursday, May 10 to accommodate all of the curriculum (college credit) graduates and the Transitional Programs for College and Career (Adult High School and High School Equivalency programs) commencement will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11.
The first curriculum ceremony is set for 10 a.m. for graduates of programs in the Allied Health, Applied Technologies, Business and Computer Technologies, and Public Safety divisions. The second curriculum ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. for graduates of the Arts and Sciences Division and Public Services programs. Both will be held at Love Temple in Goldsboro.
The curriculum commencement ceremonies will celebrate the accomplishments of an anticipated 987 graduates, 10 percent more than last year and a new record for the college.
The number of total credentials awarded will be 1495 – 656 degrees, 162 diplomas, and 676 certificates – a 17 percent increase over last year. The number participating in the ceremonies is also up by nearly a quarter over 2017, with 431 graduates walking in the ceremonies. (These numbers are based on applications to graduate and are not official until all final grades have been certified after exams are completed next week.)
The two curriculum ceremonies will have the same featured speaker, current Student Government Association President Aziah Morales, who will be receiving her associate in applied science degree and a certificate in Criminal Justice.
The George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award and the college’s first honorary associate degree will be presented at both curriculum ceremonies.
The curriculum ceremony has been held at Love Temple since 2011. Over the years, the number of graduates and those choosing to participate in the ceremony has grown. Last year the college decided to hold two ceremonies rather than reduce the number of guest tickets provided to graduates.
The Transitional Programs for College and Career graduation will be held in Moffatt Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Goldsboro. There will be 33 Adult High School graduates and 149 High School Equivalent graduates. Speakers for the ceremony will be Miguelino Velasquez and Lauren Smith.
All of these are ticketed events. Recordings of all ceremonies will be posted on the college’s website (www.waynecc.edu) as soon as practical after the ceremonies.
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 12,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.