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Scholarship founder to address Nash Community College grads

Posted on May 2, 2021

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ROCKY MOUNT — Nash Community College will hold its 2021 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 15, in an outdoor, socially distanced event.

Graduates will convene in the Continuing Education & Public Services Building parking lot at 8 a.m. to be directed for a grand processional around the campus.

Each graduate is allowed one vehicle and may have as many guests as vehicles will allow. Once the car reaches the outdoor ceremony, the graduate will exit the car for a greeting from Nash Community College’s president and Board of Trustees chair and vice chair.

Graduates should wear a mask, graduation cap and gown, all available in the campus store. While outside of the car, social distancing and mask-wearing will be required.

Rocky Mount native Kevin Jones will deliver the keynote address, which Studio 67 will broadcast as the graduates gather before the processional on WNIA 89.1 FM and live on YouTube.

Jones was the first in his family to attend college, earning an engineering degree from N.C. A&T State University. After graduation, he began a career working in federal policy.

Jones is an education advocate who serves as president and founder of the BAC Scholarship Fund, an educational foundation that’s helped dozens of local students pay for college and assisted hundreds more in improving reading literacy and preparing for the workforce.

The BAC Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship program for graduating seniors in the greater Rocky Mount community where children receive financial assistance for higher education and gain mentors along the way as they develop academically and professionally.

The BAC Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $170,000 in scholarships and educational resources to eastern North Carolina students while remaining engaged with students during and beyond their college years.

Since 2011, Jones has served full-time as a transportation specialist with the U.S. Department of Transportation. He has been recognized by the White House for his work in federal policy, and by WRAL for his philanthropic endeavors related to higher education. Jones was unanimously selected as an inductee into Nash Central High School’s Hall of Fame.

In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be held on Saturday, May 22. A link to allow graduates to register online will be shared closer to the ceremony.

For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/graduation.

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