Two hundred thirty-two Bluefield State College students received degrees during the Associate Degree portion of the 100th Commencement Exercises at Bluefield State College's Ned Shott Gymnasium Friday night on the BSC campus.
Jeffery Forlines, a BSC graduate and President & CEO, First Century Bank-Wytheville & Fort Chiswell, VA, delivered the Commencement Address. He told the capacity audience of 1997 graduates, their families, and their friends, "I have gained an appreciation for the rich tradition belonging to Bluefield State College. I ask you to be proud of the education you have received from Bluefield State College. I was prepared beyond my expectation."
Forlines challenged graduates to assist others seeking a college education, to believe in community, and to choose mentors who can help them along life's way. "Finally, I challenge you to understand the value of your reputation," he said. "Please ensure that, when people speak of your defining moments, the words 'integrity, value, fairness, vision, and respect' are used."
BSC President Dr. Robert Moore extended congratulations to the graduates, their families, and friends. He told the graduates, "We are confident that the contributions you will make to your region, society, and to those around you will enhance the lives of those you touch."
The Baccalaureate portion of BSC's Commencement Exercises will take place at 10 a.m. today at the Ned Shott Gym. Two hundred thirty-four students will receive degrees. The 466 graduates of BSC's class of '97 join the ranks of BSC alumni, now numbering more than 14,000.
Bluefield attorney J. Franklin Long, also a BSC graduate, will deliver Saturday's Baccalaureate Commencement Address.
Members of the BSC class of 1947 will be honored during the Baccalaureate Commencement upon the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the College.