Dr. Scott Ralls, Wake Tech President
Abigail Saucedo, postgraduate
Ruben Mendoza, postgraduate & SGA president
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2021) – Lots of cheers, applause, and fist bumps contiguous arsenic Wake Tech students gathered extracurricular to observe their accomplishments astatine the college’s archetypal in-person commencement solemnisation since earlier the pandemic.
Two abstracted in-person ceremonies were held successful a courtyard astatine the Scott Northern Wake Campus. About 200 students participated successful each event, which allowed them to locomotion crossed a signifier and person their grade oregon diploma screen and instrumentality a representation with Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls.
Dr. Ralls congratulated the students connected their success, particularly aft the challenges of learning during a pandemic. “We are truthful arrogant of your resilience and dedication. Today is simply a solemnisation of your accomplishments,” Dr. Ralls said. “Congratulations to the newest Wake Tech graduates!”
Students and unit followed societal distancing guidelines and guests remained successful their cars. Several families greeted caller graduates successful the parking batch with hugs, flowers, and balloons.
In all, much than 1,500 students ranging successful property from 17-67 received their subordinate grade oregon diploma successful an array of areas including assemblage transportation and method programs specified arsenic wellness sciences, skilled trades, concern and nationalist services technologies, and accusation technology.
One of the graduates, Linda Yon, who is 67 years-young, is an illustration of however determination and perseverance wage off. Yon earned her Associate successful Applied Science (AAS) grade successful Early Childhood Education astatine her ain gait truthful she could run her in-home daycare and attraction for family. After 8 years of pursuit, she was excited to locomotion crossed the stage. “I consciousness great,” she said. “It took maine a small longer to decorativeness my grade due to the fact that of beingness situations, but I privation others to cognize that it’s ne'er excessively late.”
Sixty-three graduates of Wake Tech’s Martha Mann Smith School of Nursing are acceptable to participate the workforce anterior to taking their licensure exam to assistance enactment healthcare workers, particularly those treating patients with COVID-19.
Six members of the Class of 2021 person been selected arsenic Goodnight Transfer Scholars astatine NC State. The prestigious Goodnight Scholarship is valued astatine $20,500 per twelvemonth and is renewable for up to 3 years. Two of the recipients – Cameron Stephens and Morgan Stephens – are siblings and the archetypal sibling brace to participate the Goodnight Transfer programme successful the aforesaid year. Cameron plans to survey physics, portion Morgan volition beryllium a chemic engineering major. Wake Tech’s different Goodnight Scholars are: Jacob Peterson, Sarah Vessey, Jennifer Jimenez and Michael Nunez.
Graduates besides included six students who got their commencement astatine the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy. They person completed a assortment of degrees including Cosmetology, Simulation and Game Development, and Electrical Technology.
The assemblage besides celebrated the graduates with a pre-recorded commencement lawsuit that included postgraduate photos and peculiar videos. It tin beryllium viewed astatine graduation.waketech.edu.
The virtual solemnisation featured a video of 1 of Wake Tech’s champion and brightest. Trent Taylor shared his travel from foster attraction to Wake Tech’s archetypal postgraduate to beryllium named a Hites Scholar. The Hites Scholarship is the highest grant awarded by Phi Theta Kappa, the premier grant nine recognizing the world accomplishment of students astatine two-year colleges. The assistance volition assistance Taylor with expenses erstwhile helium transfers to Arizona State University to prosecute a grade successful counseling. At Wake Tech, helium was portion of the Fostering Bright Futures program, which supports erstwhile foster younker successful their quest to execute a assemblage degree.
Meanwhile, Wake Tech’s non-degree College and Career Readiness programme besides hosted a graduation ceremonial today. The curbside lawsuit was held astatine the Beltline Education Center. More than 60 graduates of Wake Tech’s High School Equivalency and Adult High School programs celebrated reaching their world goals contempt the challenges created by the pandemic. Graduates walked crossed a signifier portion household and friends watched from their vehicles, oregon the college’s unrecorded stream. Graduates included 61 High School Equivalency graduates, including 27 from the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for seasonal and migrant workers, arsenic good arsenic 7 from the Adult High School Program.
With Wake Tech’s outpouring graduation complete, registration for summertime and autumn classes is successful afloat swing.
Wake Tech is offering a robust premix of online and hybrid classes for the 10-week summertime league that begins May 19. The assemblage invites assemblage students who are location for the summertime to instrumentality a people astatine Wake Tech to get up connected their four-year degree. Accelerated eight- and five-week sessions are besides available. Learn much astatine summer.waketech.edu.
The assemblage is besides registering students for autumn semester, which starts August 16. Wake Tech is readying to resume afloat operations successful the fall, acknowledgment to the diminution successful COVID cases and the accrued availability of vaccines. Read much astir what to expect successful the autumn semester successful Wake Tech’s Learn Well Fall 2021 Plan. New students tin use present astatine apply.waketech.edu.