About 850 receive diplomas at CPCC commencement in Charlotte

05/15/2014 4:14 PM

05/15/2014 9:29 PM

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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