RCC Celebrates the Class of 2021
Even though the weather was not the best today, there was still a lot of light shining through as Robeson Community College celebrated its 332 graduates with a special drive-thru ceremony. Excited graduates with warm hearts and bright smiles filled the parking lot as they waited for their chance to drive through the line and walk across the stage.
As the graduation procession began, students honked their horns in excitement.
“Take a moment and reflect on what is important to you, pursue your dreams and make a positive contribution to your world,” proclaimed RCC President Melissa Singler as she gave the charge to the graduates. “This is your time.”
The selected speaker for commencement was Dr. Cheryl Davis, a native of Robeson County. Davis is the chief medical officer and senior vice president of Medical Affairs at Scotland Health Care System. She also
works as an internal medicine specialist and is a graduate of UNC School of Medicine.
“Choose to live your life with hope… choose to have an open mind… choose to live your life not to chase success but to chase significance,” stated Dr. Davis. “Success can be temporal, but significance is long lasting even beyond our time on this earth… getting your education is success, but changing the world with it is significance.”
She ended her speech with “Today is the first day of the rest of your life… Live your life so that the impact of your life outlives you.”
As students started driving forward to receive their degrees, it wasn’t hard to know who was an RCC graduate. In addition to caps and gowns, students were given a special decal that was to be placed on the outside of their vehicle. The decal displayed their name along with the words, “Congratulations Class of 2021” and the RCC Logo.
Students had a chance to get out of their cars, walk across the stage to receive their diploma, and then have their photo taken by a professional photographer. Students then rode off as an official graduate of Robeson Community College, with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto.