MECC conducts 46th commencement Friday

Mike Still • May 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM

BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Community College will hold its 46th commencement under the traditional big tent that fits with its regionwide mission.

According to MECC officials, Friday will see approximately 570 students marching in an outdoor ceremony in the student and visitor parking lot near Godwin Hall to receive degrees and program certifications at the end of the spring semester.

Keynote speakers will be MECC assistant registrar and new graduate Vicki Pearcy of Duffield and a double graduate, Union High School senior and dual enrollment student Kara Mullins, who is earning her associate degree Friday and her high school diploma later this month.

Pearcy will graduate summa cum laude with an associate of applied science degree in administrative support technology.

Mullins, also salutorian of her Union High class, will graduate with an associate degree in science and general studies. She will transfer to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to major in chemistry.

Friday’s commencement, besides marking 47 years since MECC opened in 1972, will also be college President Kristen Westover’s second in her current post.

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