May 4, 2011


Graduation at NACC Will Be May 13

Some 250 students will receive their degrees at Northeast Alabama Community College’s forty-fifth graduation ceremony. The group, the largest in NACC history, will be honored in a ceremony to be held in the new Northeast Alabama AgriBusiness Center in Rainsville at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2011. Mr. Tom Kilgore, President and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, is the featured commencement speaker.

“Seeing that students successfully complete their programs of study is the most important thing that we do at Northeast,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “Many of these students will begin work immediately in our communities, make higher salaries for themselves and their families, advance in the careers they now have, or transfer on to universities to complete programs there. The success and graduation of students is what we are about.”

College officials stress that they try to make Northeast graduations ones to remember for students, their friends, and families. Large-screen monitors provide up-close highlights of the students as they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, and the ceremony uses an elaborate sound and light system. Northeast faculty and staff participate in the ceremony in full graduation regalia, complete with hoods designed with the colors of the university from which they graduated. A color guard, the Northeast Jazz Combo, and the Northeast Chorus all have prominent roles in the ceremony, which in addition to the graduates will recognize some of the college’s most outstanding students.

TVA’s Tom Kilgore is a native son of the NACC area. He is a native of Ider in DeKalb County. Kilgore has served as CEO of TVA since 2006. TVA, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states and also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development. TVA, which since the 1930s has served Northeast Alabama, employs more than 12,000 workers.

Kilgore is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also was awarded a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A & M University. The State of Alabama inducted Kilgore into its Engineering Hall of Fame in 2002. Kilgore serves on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and is on the Executive Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Kilgore as our speaker,” stated NACC Vice President/Dean of Instruction Dr. Joe Burke. “His career, character, and accomplishments reflect so well on the people of our area.”

In addition to graduation, the Nursing Department will hold its pinning ceremony in the Tom Bevill Lyceum at 1:00 pm, Friday, May 13, 2011. There will be 56 RNs graduating this year alone. Nurses are in high demand now, and Northeast is honored to have a part in helping to fulfill this need in the workforce. Northeast also provides short and long term certificate programs through the Workforce Development Division and Skills Training programs.

“We hope our graduation events give our students and our community some added joy and excitement after the devastation and destruction to life and property that the tornados dealt our area,” Campbell stated. “I know that we at Northeast are very proud of these students and we will be very pleased to see them recognized.”

At Northeast Susan Barron, Director of High School Relations and Event Planning, coordinates the graduation ceremony, and Administrative Assistant Angie Stewart organizes the awarding of degrees to students, as well as assisting some 400 faculty, staff, and students with the ceremony.

Pictured is Northeast's 2010 Graduation Ceremony in the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum, Rainsville.