President Rouse to Speak at Graduation May 8

Panorama of graduations taken from behind the stage during the 2018 PCC Commencement ceremony.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its 2019 Spring Commencement Wednesday with Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse addressing the graduating class for the first time as the college’s president.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in East Carolina University’s Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Of the 1,321-member graduating class, nearly 750 are expected to participate in the ceremony. Collectively, the graduates have earned nearly 1,900 degrees, diplomas and/or certificates.

Rouse, who was chosen to become the fifth president in PCC’s 58-year history almost one year ago, took part in a presidential inauguration ceremony on campus April 26. While addressing family, friends and supporters during the event, he thanked students “for choosing PCC as the provider of (their) educational services and professional development.”

After taking the oath of office, Rouse assured the community that PCC would remain at the forefront of education and training in eastern North Carolina. He says the college will continue developing new programs and services to provide graduates with the skills needed to compete in today’s world.

“Our motto at PCC is ‘educating and empowering people for success,’” he said. “We truly believe that our students are capable of reaching whatever dreams and desires they set for themselves, and we endeavor to help them reach their highest aspirations.”