WVJC Charleston Celebrates Graduates at Winter Graduation Ceremony
CHARLESTON, WV – On Saturday, December 5 the newest class of graduates from West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus were honored with a special Winter Commencement Ceremony. The event took place at Christ Church United Methodist located in downtown Charleston. Thirty-five graduates walked and 39 were honored.
Campus President Michelle Miles opened the ceremony with a “Thank you” to the graduates. She thanked them for being such a welcoming class; as the students’ last year in college was her first year as president. As her welcome came to a close, Michelle reminded the graduates, “WVJC is a place you can forever call home,” and she encouraged them to stay in touch with one another but also their campus mentors.
A new Commencement Ceremony tradition at the Charleston Campus is to highlight past graduates and invite them to be commencement speakers. The speaker at the December ceremony was 1995 Legal Alumna, Tina Payne. Tina graduated with a specialized associate degree and has since built an impressive career. Today she is the Director of Legislative Analysis for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Tina shared her story and ended with a call to action for the graduates. She asked them to remember that their accomplishments, their time, and their efforts are worth it….and even on the hardest work days, remember that their actions make a difference to others.
A revolving tradition at the campus is to award a student the “Honorary Spirit of WVJC Award”. This award highlights a current graduate by sharing a snapshot of their story and accomplishments at the college. This year the award was presented to Leslie Murray, a graduate from the Medical Assisting program. While facing many obstacles Leslie persevered and inspired fellow students to do the same. Her stories of life and her journey to the college diploma are not typical stories. They are inspirational tales, even if Leslie just calls them life experiences.
The ceremony was closed by Student Services Director, Beth Orcutt-Davis. She asked the graduates to not only celebrate in the day but to take that energy into everything they do. She encouraged them to pursue careers with passion, and not only see where they graduated from but to look forward and ask, “What am I graduating to?”
West Virginia Junior College congratulates the December Class of 2015!
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