Shipman to be speaker for BCC College Readiness graduation


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Dublin — Kerry L. Shipman Sr., champion of underrepresented communities and minorities, will be the graduation speaker for the 2017 College Readiness class at Bladen Community College on Tuesday, May 16.

A high school dropout, Shipman received his high school credential through the College Readiness Program at Bladen Community College. This accomplishment poised Shipman to complete a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Shaw University in Raleigh and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.

He is currently a second-year law student at the Charleston School of Law where he serves as a senator in the Student Bar Association.

Shipman adheres to his make it happen testimonial as a motivational speaker and mentor for students.

“No matter how many times you may fall,” he counseled, “just get back up and fight! You are stronger than any obstacle that you face.

“(I want to be) the agent of change to address the inequality in education, income, health, and the professional workforce in the African-American community,” he added.

The College Readiness graduation ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the Dublin campus of BCC.

For more information about securing a high school credential, contact Travis Locklear at 910-879-5587.

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