Investing in their future
"This is your accomplishment, we are privileged to share that journey with you."
Dr. Kim Gold, vice president of community and workforce education and institutional advancement at Isothermal Community College, congratulated students on accomplishing their education goals during the Adult High School / General Education Development graduation program on Wednesday.
The commencement program was held in the Frank and Mabel West Auditorium at the Foundation.
Thad Harrill, vice president of community and workforce education and institutional advancement, welcomed friends and family to the ceremony and led them in a rendition of "America the Beautiful."
Before the graduation ceremony began Walter Dalton, president of the college, asked for a special moment of silence in honor of Matthew Lail and C.J. Sappenfield. Lail, a former ICC student, was killed in a vehicle crash early Wednesday morning. Sappenfield was critically injured.
After the moment of silence, Dalton introduced Gold as the commencement speaker.
"When I see you and your families' faces when you graduate, it inspires me. I want to thank you for inspiring me. It makes me excited to come to work every day," Gold said. "Tonight is more than a celebration of your accomplishment. It is a celebration of your journey and I know that each of your stories are unique. There are power in those stories."
Gold urged the graduates to invest in themselves in others. She told the story about her grandmother, who taught for 42 years, and how she loved and invested in her students.
"Taking the time to invest in yourself is time that is never wasted. By investing in you, you have the power to invest in others," Gold said. "Investing in others has its rewards. Please don't miss out on the opportunity to become a role model."
She encouraged them to thank those that had supported them along the way and told them that ICC has the staff and faculty to continue guiding them if they wish to pursue a college certificate, degree or diploma.
"This is the power of learning, never underestimate the power you have to become more than you are today and never doubt the impact that your life can have on those around you," Gold said. "I pray God's blessings on each of you and I hope to see you back on this campus very soon."
Amy Cooke, coordinator of adult high school programs, presented the graduates and Donna Hood, dean of continuing education, awarded the diplomas.