CPCC to hold commencement ceremonies today, graduate the largest class in its history

Close to 950 students expected to “march,” receive their college degrees, high school diplomas & GEDs

Central Piedmont Community College will host its commencement ceremonies today. Almost 950 students are expected to “march” and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the day’s festivities.

CPCC Graduation

CPCC Graduation

During the College Graduation Ceremony later in the day, CPCC will graduate its largest class in its 50-year history. While 700 students plan to march during the 7 p.m. ceremony, more than 1,900 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.)

Since CPCC holds only one graduation ceremony per year, 2012 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the college’s ceremonies as well.

Adult High School/GED/Pathways to Careers Graduation at 11 a.m.
The college will kick off its commencement exercises with its Adult High School, GED and Pathways to Careers student graduation ceremony. While more than 725 students from across Mecklenburg County were eligible to participate, only 250 are expected to “march” during the event. Mr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, will be the guest speaker.

College Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m.
Following the Adult High School and GED student graduation ceremony, CPCC’s undergraduate students will take the stage to receive their college degrees.

During the evening’s festivities, Allan C. Golston, president of the United States Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will address this year’s graduates and CPCC will honor Alain S. Miatudila Sr. with the 2013 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and James R. Worrell Sr. with the Distinguished Service Award.

WHEN: Thursday, May 16
11 a.m. – Adult High School/GED/Pathways to Careers students
7 p.m. – Undergraduate students

WHERE: Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 Independence Blvd., Charlotte

Current Version of GED® Test to Expire at End of 2013

CPCC’s College and Career Readiness department has announced the current version of the GED® Test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED® Test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED® GEDTest on January 2, 2014.

Individuals who have taken the 2002 Series GED® Test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED®Test to receive their high school credential.

CPCC offers free GED preparation classes at several of its campus locations throughout Mecklenburg County, as well as multiple community sites throughout the county. Courses are available online, in a traditional classroom setting, or in one of the department’s Learning Resource Centers.

Individuals who have passed some but not all parts of the GED® Test should first contact the CPCC GED Testing Office to receive a transcript of their scores. The GED Testing Office at CPCC can be reached at 704.330.6975 or at 704.330.6949.

Individuals interested in taking the GED for the first time and enrolling in GED classes at CPCC may visit http://www.cpcc.edu/ccr/student or call 704.330.6129.

To find out more information on the upcoming changes to the GED, test-takers may visit www.cpcc.edu/ccr/ged.