NRCC Celebrates Graduates at Two Ceremonies

New River Community College celebrated its 52rd annual commencement on Friday, May 13, 2022.  Dr. Pat Huber, NRCC President, conferred approximately 300 degrees, diplomas and certificates during the ceremony held on NRCC’s campus in Dublin.  Students who graduated this year completed degrees, certificates and diplomas in 81 different programs.

Students in the division of business and technologies for the 2021-2022 academic year were honored on Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Students in the division of arts and sciences for the 2021-2022 academic year were honored later that evening at 7 p.m.

President Huber addressed graduates at both ceremonies, and NRCC Board Chair William “Bill” Cunningham welcomed graduates and guests.

“I look forward to what you, our graduates, will do,” said Huber.  “You have shown what you can do, so now it is time to go forward with your knowledge and skills and do great things. Surround yourselves with successful friends, colleagues, and mentors and believe in yourselves because we believe in you!”

Virginia Community College System State Board Chair and NRCC alumnae Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop delivered special remarks at the May 13 ceremonies.

“Graduates, my charge to you today is to incorporate that which you have learned from this fine faculty, counselors and staff in your academic studies and couple that with the principles of living that you have accumulated from your home, from your parents and grandparents, and all those who love you,” said Bishop. “Remember and incorporate into your lives those life principles that have stood the test of time and have been lovingly handed down to you. Strive to make a difference. Strive to do good and make this world a better place.”

Graduates Dylon Leonard and Abigail Ridpath brought student remarks via video to their classmates and guests.

The ceremonies were livestreamed for family, friends, and others to view off-campus.  To view the ceremonies online, visit NRCC’s graduation webpage at

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Pulaski County Graduates include Jonathan Minnick, Landon McDaniel, Noah Hylton, Elly White. (NRCC photo)
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Pulaski County Graduates include: Alyson Quesenberry, Jacob French, Tabatha Gravley, Logan Coleman, Alex Dalton, Ben Davis, Jackson Phelps, Amanda Bishop, Logan Burchett, Benjamin Hale, Michael Farr. (NRCC photo)