Richmond Community College (RCC) celebrated 335 General Educational Development (GED) and 10 Adult High School (AHS) graduates at a commencement ceremony Thursday night in the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium.
RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis welcomed family and friends to the commencement ceremony and congratulated the graduates for their hard work.
“Each of you overcame adversity to get here. Whether it took you a matter of weeks or a number of years, you all persevered and you succeeded,” McInnis said. “I applaud each of you for your courage and determination to improve and to prove yourself.”
The graduates ranged in age from 17 to 67. A mother and daughter, as well as two sets of brothers and sisters, graduated together on Thursday.
“Some of you overcame illness, had children, lost family members, fought through challenges to get here, but now you have a new start and a brighter future,” McInnis said.
Four students received scholarships to continue their educations at RCC.
College and Career Readiness Director Sherry Byrd presented the RCC Race for Literacy Scholarship to Omonte McLaurin.
McInnis presented the RCC Trustees Basic Skills Scholarship to Sandra Honeycutt.
Dan Allen presented the Rockingham Civitan Club Scholarship to Kristina T. LeCroy.
RCC Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development Robbie Taylor presented the Barbara S. Conder Basic Skills Scholarship to Rachel Jacobs.