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600 Graduate This Spring From CVCC

With a graduating class so large, commencement exercises this spring at Catawba Valley Community College had to be split into two separate ceremonies to accommodate graduates and their families.
More than 600 CVCC students will earn their degree or diploma this spring. Nearly 400 of those will participate in commencement ceremonies this Saturday.
Spring graduation ceremonies will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. for students graduating from the School of Academics, Education and Fine Arts and School of Health Services.
Ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. for those graduating from the School of Business, Industry & Technology and the School of Public Safety.
Both ceremonies will be held at the CVCC Multipurpose Complex on the main campus in Hickory.
Dr. Lisa Harrington, assistant principal at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, N.C., is the featured speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony. She completed an educational doctorate in school leadership at Appalachian State University last year, but her educational journey began at CVCC when she earned an associate degree in college transfer studies in 1992.
Clayton Joe Young is the featured speaker at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Young is the director of CVCC's Photographic Technology program and was recently named the Excellence in Teaching Award winner by his peers. He has won numerous photography awards, regional and state grants and fellowships and has had gallery shows across the state of his photography. 
A video created by the African American History class will be shown at the morning ceremony. Students documented their study of and participation in the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a confrontation of civil rights activities and state policy in Selma, Ala.

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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator