April 19, 2017

WCC Announces More Than 300 Students to Graduate in Two Ceremonies on May 13

Wytheville Community College will celebrate the graduation of its Class of 2017 during two commencement exercises scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Graduates of the college’s Health and Occupational Programs will be recognized during the May 13 event at 2 p.m. During the second ceremony at 6:30 p.m., WCC will recognize graduates from WCC’s Transfer, Business, and Social Science Programs. Both commencement ceremonies will be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center adjacent to the WCC campus.         

This year, WCC expects more than 338 graduate participants during the two ceremonies. The total number of graduates for the Class of 2017 is 645, which includes 907 degrees, diplomas, and certificates being awarded. Many students will earn more than one credential.

 “Graduation is special time to celebrate the achievements of not only our students, but also the many friends and family members who have supported them throughout the process,” said WCC President Dean Sprinkle. “Whether they have earned a diploma, certificate, or associate degree, WCC students will walk across the stage with credentials that will enable them to better compete in the job market or transfer to a four-year college or university. Ultimately, getting an education is all about improving the quality of life for themselves and their families.”

“High school diplomas are no longer the status quo credential in the workplace. Our local employers are seeking a well-trained and educated workforce beyond high school, and WCC has provided those opportunities for our communities for more than 50 years,” said Sprinkle. “I look forward to seeing the Class of 2017 go out into our communities and represent the best WCC has to offer.”

The graduating class of 2017 will also include 66 dual enrollment high school students from Bland County High School, Carroll County High School, Fort Chiswell High School, Galax High School, George Wythe High School, Grayson County High School, Marion Senior High School, and Rural Retreat High School. These students will all receive an associate degree, certificate, or career studies certificate. Of these students, 35 will receive their associate degree prior to graduating from high school.

Pinning ceremonies for the various Health Care Professions programs will be held on the morning of May 13, prior to graduation ceremonies. Pinnings for the Nursing program will be held at 9 a.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, pinnings for the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be held at 10 a.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, and pinnings for the Dental Hygiene program will begin at 10 a.m. at Snyder Auditorium in Grayson Hall on WCC’s Wytheville campus. The pinning ceremony for Licensed Practical Nursing will be held on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.  

WCC is committed to providing access to lifelong learning within an environment of academic excellence. WCC was established in 1963 as a branch of Virginia Tech; in 1967, WCC became a member of the newly-established Virginia Community College System. WCC serves the citizens of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe counties, and the city of Galax, with locations including the Wytheville Campus, the Crossroads Institute in Galax, the Summit Center in Marion, as well as providing dual enrollment opportunities to area high school students.