Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) recognized 40 African American students for their academic and personal achievements at the 2012 Exceptional Black Graduates (EGB) Recognition ceremony on May 3.
This year’s ceremony marked the inaugural Exceptional Black Graduates Recognition program at BCTC. The event recognized the student’s accomplishments and provided an opportunity for the graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goals. The students were honored together in one setting to give their families the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication. The intimate ceremony was representative of African and African American culture and culminated with a presentation of Kente Stoles, bearing the symbols of wealth & riches, knowledge, leadership and unity.
“The Exceptional Black Graduates program was designed to recognize the academic achievement of a group of students who, as a whole, share low retention and graduation rates at BCTC but were successful in meeting the challenge of graduating,” said EGB Program Coordinator Chassity Holliman.
BCTC is committed to cultivating a lasting and meaningful relationship with its African American students. The Exceptional Black Graduates Recognition program will become a yearly event that focuses on recruitment, retention and instilling motivation in students. The program will also serve to inspire younger students to persevere so they too can recognize the pride and sense of accomplishment upon receiving their degree.
Click the following link to see photos of the event: Graduation Photo Gallery