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Community College Chancellor Address VHCC Graduates

Community College Chancellor Address VHCC Graduates

Post Date:05/14/2018 10:20 AM

The head of Virginia’s Community Colleges applauded graduates of Virginia Highlands Community College for a commitment to education that will enrich their lives and strengthen their communities, noting, “21st century opportunities go where talent lives.”

“Your success inspires hope among those who know you, and even those who don’t, across your community,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “You see, the future belongs to the learned and the skilled. It belongs to the credentialed and the trained. And it belongs to those with the courage to learn and the wisdom to keep learning.”

DuBois - who leads the Commonwealth’s 23 community colleges - served as speaker for Friday’s ceremonies honoring 477 VHCC graduates who earned 654 certificates, diplomas and degrees. He urged them to seize the new opportunities available to them as college graduates and congratulated them for choosing “a smarter path” toward higher education.

“You elected to come to a college that fits you – a college where the faculty and staff know your name,” he said. “They understand your life. They help you define your goals. And they cheer your success. That level of connection and caring is the hallmark of the community college experience.”

Other highlights of the event included the presentation of the VHCC Distinguished Service Award to the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. The College has received more than $8.5 million from the Commission since 1999 to support program development, capital improvements, and scholarships for an estimated 4,500 students.
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest non-academic honor presented by VHCC.

And VHCC President Gene C. Couch Jr. also recognized four alumni for their career success and contributions to the community.

Distinguished Alumni awards were presented to Doris Clendenen Shuman, who graduated from VHCC in 1980, and Michael Spiegler, who earned his associate’s degree in 1984. Both have built successful certified public accounting firms in the region.

Justin Lopez, who now works as a wealth advisor and retirement planning specialist for Lopez Wealth Management, and Robby Hamilton, a 2015 graduate of VHCC’s welding program who now works for Global Technology Systems, were presented Rising Star Alumni awards. This award is presented to alumni who enjoy early career success.

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