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Dorothy Luanne Davis hugs Professor Sherry Gott after receiving the Stephanie L. Ferguson Medallion of Courage award. Davis said she hoped to be a writer and become the "next Mrs. Gott."

 

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DCC Graduates Nearly 600 Students

 

(May 15, 2017)  – Danville Community College’s Class of 2017 marched across the stage to receive their degrees during commencement on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at Averett University’s E. Stuart James Grant Center.
 
DCC Associate Professor of Administration of Justice John Wilt performed the National Anthem, followed by invocation led by DCC Board Vice Chair Carrie Ashe. DCC President Dr. Bruce Scism then led a greeting to the assembled students and guests.
 
“We are here today to honor you and to celebrate your accomplishments,” Scism said to the students. "One of the most difficult things, oftentimes, is for people to make the decision to do this: To make this commitment. For many people, it is a two or three-year process to get to this point.”
 
Scism then asked those students who were the first of their families to graduate to stand and be recognized.
 
DCC Board Chair Valdivia Hall then introduced the commencement speaker, Maurice Ferrell.
 
Ferrell, assistant director at the University of North Carolina School of Government’s Center for Public Technology, graduated from DCC’s information technology program in 2000 and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Averett and an MBA from Liberty University and was honored this year as one of the 2017 DCC Outstanding Alumni.
 
“I remember sitting there on the field at DCC, decked out in my graduation regalia, wondering what the future would hold for me,” Ferrell said, explaining that he wrote a letter to his past self and hoped that sharing that letter with the Class of 2017 would inspire them to follow their dreams, despite the uncertainty they may be feeling on graduation day.
 
“Against all the odds, we made it,” Ferrell read. “We knew that we wanted to do big things in our lives, not just for us and our family, but we wanted to have an impact in our community, in our nation, and in our world as a whole. Don't give up on our goals because of setbacks and difficulties. Spend that worrisome energy on moving forward toward finding a solution or an answer.”
 
Student Government Association President Dustin Evans next presented the 2017 Teacher of the Year award to DCC Instructor of Biology Christopher Pantazis.
 
Graduates Taiwan Deshaun Carter and Dorothy Luanne Davis received the Stephanie L. Ferguson Medallion of Courage, presented by DCC Vice President of Academic and Student Services Dr. Debra Holley, for overcoming health and personal challenges during the course of their studies.
 
Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development Shannon Hair then recognized scholarship recipients before Holley presented candidates for graduation and degrees were conferred.
 
Before the recessional, Scism asked graduates to look at the Alumni Pledge and to recognize all of the people who helped get them where they were.
 
“As you move through your life experiences, in whatever way, shape, or form, please remember to pay this forward,” Scism said.
 DCC’s graduation was streamed live at www.danville.edu and an archived version is available to watch there and on DCC’s YouTube channel: DCCPR.

 

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