Vanguards ready to graduate

May. 15, 2014 @ 07:23 PM

More than 400 students are ready to turn their tassels today and graduate from Vance-Granville Community College.

Weather permitting, the ceremony starts at 6 p.m. at the gazebo on the college’s main campus at 200 Community College Road, Henderson.

This year, Student Government Association president Theresa Chiplis will be the student speaker.

“I am so excited,” she said. “I cannot wait.”

Chiplis will graduate with two of three planned degrees from the community college; though she has enough credits for accounting and business, she still plans to finish up a third in global logistics technology before heading to a four-year college.

“I really think that VGCC has a niche for everybody whether you are coming for the first time or the third time,” she said. “As long as you take advantage of the opportunities offered here, you will do great.”

Chiplis said her speech will invite her peers to be a part of creating a wonderful Vance-Granville legacy.

“I want everybody to realize that we make the school what it is,” she said. “We should be proud of what VGCC has taught us. When we go out into the community, we are representing VGCC, and we want to say, ‘Yes, we are proud to be a Vanguard.’ ”

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, representing North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, will give the commencement address.

Butterfield is the first sitting member of Congress to speak at VCGG’s graduation since U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton’s address in 1993.

If it rains, the ceremony will be postponed to 11 a.m. Saturday. James Edwards, the college’s director of communications, said officials will wait until about 5 p.m. to make the call.

Weather forecasts included rain in the morning and clearing after lunch.

Guests who cannot attend can live stream the event at


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