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RCC celebrates 700 graduates during annual commencement

The 46th annual commencement celebration at the Rappahannock Community College Warsaw Campus took place on May 11 and saw 700 students earn diplomas or certificates. This group of graduates will be able to jump into the working world and begin their career of choice or transfer to a four-year school to continue their education.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinton Crowther, president of RCC, spoke and set the stage for the evening, by highlighting the accomplishments of her school, including the scholarships the RCC Educational Foundation give each year, the new “Military Friendly” status of the college, the high ranking of the RCC Nursing program, and more. Crowther also highlighted the achievement of the RCC Technology Department, announcing that the team earned a Digital Community Colleges Survey honor for being the #2 ranked community college for using a range of technologies to improve services (with 5,000 or fewer students).

Crowther then gave the stage to a member of the Class of 2018, Brittany Ward of Gloucester, who shared her story of failure, success, and leadership as she pursued her goal of becoming a professional nurse.

Ward’s story inspired many, including U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) who referenced her journey more than once during his keynote address.

For Senator Warner, Ward’s story of failing twice as she made her way to the top of the RCC nursing program and ultimately graduation was inspiring. Warner shared how he failed at “life” three times before getting involved in the development of the cellular industry, and thanks to hard work and insight, he was able to help form the NEXTEL corporation, which eventually was acquired by Sprint.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 05.16.2018

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