SGA President to Address 2023 Graduating Class

Graphic detailing PCC's 2023 graduation and speaker Tahira Gatson.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its 2023 Spring Commencement May 9 with Student Government Association President Tahira Gatson addressing the graduating class.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in East Carolina University’s Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Of the nearly 760-member graduating class, more than 500 are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Originally from Plano, Tex., Gatson enrolled at PCC in 2021, shortly after completing her service with the U.S. Marine Corps. She was elected SGA president during the 2022 Spring Semester to serve as the voice of PCC’s student body throughout the 2022-23 academic year.

In addition to providing excellent services and opportunities to students, Gatson said she wanted to increase awareness of SGA programming and encourage students to participate in student government. She cited her leadership experience and desire to help others develop leadership skills as the reasons she ran for SGA president.

“I was in the Marine Corps for four years and have experienced and learned many things that I want to share with everyone in the best way possible,” she said. “That is why SGA is important to me, because I can share remarkable things on a larger scale that will benefit everyone.”

An IT: Computer Programming and Development student, Gatson has excelled academically at Pitt. In addition to her role as SGA president, she is a Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society, PCC Student Veterans Association and National Society of Leadership and Success member. She is also president of Pitt’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter and has been inducted into Tri-Alpha, a national honor society for first-generation college students.

Gatson says she is planning to transfer to a four-year university after completing an associate degree at PCC. She says will be seeking a career within the law and public administration sector in order to pursue “advocacy for all.”