Wake Tech Hosts Spring 2015 Commencement Exercises
May 2nd, 2015
More Than 1,400 Graduates Earn Degrees and Diplomas
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 2, 2015) - The tassels turned at Wake Tech’s spring 2015 commencement exercises today. More than 800 graduates attended the ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center. Those attending were part of a record-breaking graduating class of 1,467 students at North Carolina’s largest community college.
“Commencement means ‘beginning’,” Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott reminded graduates: “This marks the end of your time at Wake Tech, but the beginning of the rest of your lives, whether you go directly into the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree.”
James West, Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, served as commencement speaker and delivered inspiring words about excellence. Student Government Association President Rye Robinson encouraged his peers to “follow your passion and go for it!”
Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 65 and included the first two graduates of the Health and Fitness Science degree program Wake Tech began offering two years ago. Lisa Best and Victoria Danielle Hamid earned AAS degrees and plan to pursue careers as wellness coaches, personal trainers, or exercise instructors. Another first this year: Graduates could request a Co-Curricular Transcript, or CCT, official documentation of their involvement in clubs, student government, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. Wake Tech is the first community college in North Carolina to issue the new transcripts, which highlight leadership experiences and can give graduates a competitive edge in applying for jobs or to other institutions.