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    Eric Matthew, 5, holds the graduation gear and cap for his mother Wendi Walker (a liberal arts graduate) as she puts on her robe at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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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. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Kimberly White holds an umbrella for her partner, CPCC graduate Jessie Steele, as Steele's mother Mary Keeler helps her dress for graduation at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    CPCC graduate Hunter Benson is congratulated by Kristal Crowe, a CPCC Student Life Coordinator, at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    CPCC math teacher Rudy Johnson (left) 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. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Graduate Ashley McClure (center) celebrates as she and the other graduates enter for Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Graduate Ashley McClure (center) celebrates as she and the other graduates enter for Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Dr. Cathey Ross hugs Beth Zeiss (at left is CPCC President Dr. Tony Zeiss, her husband) after the two presented her with a Tony and Beth Zeiss Award at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Raquel Bright celebrates graduating at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Graduates celebrate after earning their degrees at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Graduates celebrate after earning their degrees at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Devin Parker hugs Commencement Speaker Ralph A. Pitts as he receives his diploma at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Graduates wave as they walk in at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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    Prince Herndon, 6, and sister Zaire Herndon, 3, (right) cheers as the graduates walk in. Their mother Shauna Burger was one of the graduates at Thursday's CPCC Spring graduation ceremonies at Bojangles Coliseum. Central Piedmont Community College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014 at Bojangles Coliseum. Almost 1,100 students are expected to ÒmarchÓ and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the dayÕs festivities. During the 4 p.m. College Graduation Ceremony, approximately 850 students plan to march during the 4 p.m. ceremony; more than 1,870 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.) Since CPCC holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2013 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the exercise as well. Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees, addressed this yearÕs graduates and CPCC honored Paula Vincent with the 2014 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Dr. Kathy Drumm with the Distinguished Service Award.
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