Bladen Community College celebrates high-school completion graduates

By: Staff report

DUBLIN – Forty-six students walked across the stage to receive their high school completion diplomas at the Bladen Community College Readiness Commencement Program in May.

Student speaker Samantha Haverty encouraged graduates: “This is only the beginning. After 13 years and seven failed attempts to get my high school diploma, it took only one attempt and six weeks at Bladen Community College for me to succeed. Never give up on yourself. Never give up on your dreams.”

Commencement speaker Kerry L. Shipman Sr., who received his high school credential through the College Readiness Program at BCC, is currently a second-year law student at the Charleston School of Law where he serves as a senator in the Student Bar Association.

“I always doubted myself and my abilities,” he explained. “But I have learned that no one remembers the guy who quits. Don’t be the one that quits.”

Marshals for the event were Fernando Bautista, Anthony Kennedy, and Kathy LaMaster.

Bladen Community College’s high school completion program is open continuously throughout the year, providing a way for adults to complete their high school equivalency and begin higher levels of educational success.

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

Staff report