By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
Pierpont Community & Technical College celebrated commencement Friday for the graduating class of 2013, the largest class in Pierpont’s history.
“The numbers don’t tell the whole story, but it is our biggest graduating class ever, and that is exciting,” said Dr. Doreen Larson, college president. “We will be close to 500 graduates this year.”
The class of 2013 contains the first graduates from new Pierpont programs like power plant operations and medical lab technologies.
“I think every student but one from medical lab technology is here tonight,” Larson said. “They are so proud.”
In her address, Larson told students that college is hard and they should be proud of the degrees they’ve worked so hard to earn.
“During this time of year, it can seem like graduation from college is not a big deal, but it is,” Larson told the graduating class. “Our graduates know here tonight that not everyone gets a degree or college certificate.
“These graduates can tell you that there is no participation award or consolation prize in college. In college, we pass or we don’t pass.”
This year, Pierpont awarded its first honorary degree to Hazel Virginia Phillips, “a woman with a lifelong commitment to our community,” Larson said. Phillips was nominated by the Julia Pierpont Society.