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About 850 receive diplomas at CPCC commencement in Charlotte

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    CPCC math teacher Rudy Johnson holds up a mirror for graduates waiting in line to use, including graduate Stephanie Hinson at right, before Thursday’s CPCC spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles’ Coliseum.
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    Rosie Marin, a paralegal studies graduate, uses her graduation robe to shield herself from the rain in front of Bojangles’ Coliseum at Thursday’s CPCC spring graduation ceremonies.
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    Graduate Ashley McClure celebrates as she and the other graduates enter for CPCC spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
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    Raquel Bright celebrates graduating at Thursday’s CPCC spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles’ Coliseum.
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    Graduates celebrate after earning their degrees at Thursday’s CPCC spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

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More than 800 students received diplomas Thursday afternoon during Central Piedmont Community College’s commencement exercises at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The keynote speaker for the event was Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees.

Another 250 students were honored during a morning commencement exercise for the Adult High School, GED and Pathways to Careers programs.

During the afternoon session, Novant Health Foundation executive Paula Vincent was honored as winner of the Richard H. Hagemeyer Award, given annually to a former CPCC student for achievement in the community.

Vincent is active in a number of organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank and the American Nurses Association.

Also honored were two CPCC faculty members – Cathey Ross and Tracie Clark. Ross and Clark both received the Tony and Beth Zeiss Award, a new honor named for the community college’s president and his wife.

Ross is assistant to the vice president for learning and workforce development, and Clark is an instructor of communication. The award is given to faculty for outstanding effort to help students.

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