West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will deliver the keynote address May 11 as an expected record number of graduates receive their degrees at Eastern WV Community and Technical College’s Commencement.
Scheduled for 10:00 am at the Moorefield Middle School, the event anticipates “the largest Eastern class of college-completers ever eligible to graduate for the spring,” as Eastern president Charles “Chuck” Terrell noted at a student awards ceremony last month.
“We invited the First Lady to speak to our graduating students because of her lifelong dedication to community college education, and her deep understanding of its vital importance to the people, workforce and economy of our state,” he said, “and to the future well-being of our communities.”
West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin
Terrell also announced that a donation from the Summit Community Bank will sponsor Eastern’s Commencement ceremony this year. Previously, student graduation and diploma fees, which the college hopes to eliminate, supported commencement ceremonies.
“Students are encouraged to complete dual degrees, and so earn two diplomas, and they should not be charged a fee for achieving an important educational accomplishment,” Terrell said.
“Summit is pleased to honor the graduates of Eastern WV Community and Technical College by sponsoring this year’s Commencement,” affirmed Doug Mitchell, chief executive officer (CEO) of Summit Community Bank, and chief banking officer (CBO) of Summit Financial Group.
“In recognition of this milestone, we are proud to help underwrite this event, thus alleviating the graduates of this cost.”
College Completion Drive
Tomblin, now in her 13th year as president of WV Southern Community and Technical College, spearheaded a statewide college completion drive to add 16,000 West Virginians to those who have earned workforce or college certifications or degrees by the year 2015.
“College completion has now become a priority for education leaders and policy-makers across the nation,” she told a large Moorefield gathering when she visited Eastern for that purpose in 2011. “Employers need a trained and educated workforce to meet their needs.”
For more information about Eastern’s financial aid opportunities, programs of study, workforce training and community education, call toll free: 877-982-2322; or check the College’s website: “www.easternwv.edu”.
Serving the residents of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Tucker counties, and fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a comprehensive and equal opportunity community and technical college bringing the resources and assets of Education That Works to the families, communities and employers of the Potomac Highlands.