It’s graduation week at Wilson Community College! First up is our 121st Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 18. It’s hard to believe we are wrapping up our 121st Academy! We’ll have nine cadets graduate.
On Friday, May 19, our Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony will kick off the day, with 36 nursing students finishing their program. The only thing left for them after graduation is the NCLEX test, and then they are officially off to work as registered nurses. That same evening, the College will hold its annual commencement ceremony at Fike High School. We have 274 students graduating this year, earning a diploma or a two-year degree.
Of the 274 graduates, many of them are Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) and Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) students, who not only earned their high school diploma, but also received their associate’s degree diplomas – for free! Our youngest graduates are only 17 years old – there are nine of them — and the oldest graduates this year are 60.
And each year at graduation, Wilson Community College faculty recognizes outstanding graduates through special awards in diploma and degree programs. Among these are the Faculty Cup, awards from the local community, and College departmental awards.
The Faculty Cup Award is given to associate degree and diploma graduates who have contributed to the betterment of all students at the College. This award is given by one of our standing governmental committees, the WCC Faculty Senate. Recipients must have an overall GPA of 3.75, be outstanding students in all respects, and display good citizenship and consideration for their fellow students.
Christopher Talbot was chosen to receive the Faculty Cup Award in a degree program. He’s graduating with an A.A.S. Degree in Information Technology – Networking and Cybersecurity. He’s been the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, received several scholarships, and served as a panelist for Cyber Safe in the Gigabit City while attending WCC.
Paralegal student Lenora Streeter is this year’s recipient of the Dovey Kim Watson Award. The award is given each year in memory of Kim Watson, a long-time Paralegal Technology instructor, to an outstanding graduate in the Paralegal curriculum and is chosen by the faculty. Lenora was 50 years old when she decided to go back to school. Living and working in Kinston — and lucky for us — she chose Wilson Community College to seek out her education. She was able to fit school into her schedule since the paralegal program is fully online. Lenora also served as an officer in our Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society too, and she’s done an incredible job representing WCC.
We are so proud of each one of them, as well as all of our graduates, and wish them well in their next endeavors.
If you’re ready to earn your diploma, degree, or certificate, give us a call at (252) 291-1195. Registration is open now. You can also visit our website at www.wilsoncc.edu. #WilsonCC We make Wilson work.
Ongoing – Fall 2023 Registration
May 18 –Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy Graduation
May 19 – Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony
May 19 – WCC Graduation Ceremony