Wake Tech Holds 48th Annual Commencement Exercises
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – Wake Technical Community College graduated the largest class in its history tonight at the Raleigh Convention Center. Nearly 1,500 graduates, about 15% more than last year, received degrees and diplomas. More than 500 graduates and their families attended the ceremony.
The commencement speaker was Paul Coble, Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. A former Raleigh city councilman and mayor of Raleigh, Coble has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2006. He congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to strive to exceed expectations in everything they do. He also added a touch of humor as he wished them luck in their job search. “Now you can get a job and pay taxes,” he said.”Your government needs you!”
Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott also referenced the economy, which has prompted many unemployed workers to seek retraining, “While the college has grown, we have remained dedicated to high quality,” he said. “Only by providing outstanding service can we help lead our region and our country out of the recession.”
This year’s graduates ranged in age from 17 to 73. The youngest was 17-year old Criminal Justice graduate Jacquelyn Adcock, who began her Wake Tech education as a dual-enrolled student at Fuquay-Varina High School. The oldest was a graduate of the Culinary Arts program. More than a third of the graduates earned Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees for University Transfer.