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Graduation Video Highlights Memorable Day

May 15, 2012 - The King Center for the Performing Arts was a sea of caps and gowns last Thursday, as spring graduates of Brevard Community College received their diplomas during the Spring 2012 Commencement Ceremonies.

More than 1,800 graduates were eligible to receive their degrees during the Spring term, allowing them to embark on their careers.

BCC President, Dr. Jim Richey, told graduates their future success will be determined by a number of factors, including how well they respond to adversity, and said they should never lose faith in themselves.

“Use your education to search for what you truly want to do, and then, and only then, will you find out who you truly are,” he said. “It is a journey of great adventure and immense reward. Never settle for anything less.”

Commencement featured two ceremonies – one for students of the Melbourne and Palm Bay campuses, and another for students who attend classes in Titusville and Cocoa. Videos featuring highlights from both ceremonies have been posted on the BCC website, YouTube and Facebook. Spring 2012 graduates also receive a copy of the full commencement video when they join the BCC Alumni Association.

A recorded recap show featuring both commencement ceremonies will be broadcast on WBCC-TV on Saturday, May 28 at 7 PM and again on Sunday, June 2 at 9 AM. WBCC can be viewed on digital cable channel 456 for Brighthouse subscribers in Brevard County and on channel 68.2 over the air. More information about viewing WBCC-TV can be found on the station's website at

Two student speakers told fellow graduates about the importance of their BCC education and why they should charge forward with their lives.

“Always remember that you were not created to be average,” said Edna Wesley, who received her A.A. degree from the Palm Bay campus at age 65 with the distinction as a Citizen Scholar because of her extensive volunteer work through the College's Center for Service-Learning. “You are the future, prepared to soar high above the rest. You are special. You have great value. Live your dreams, and never give up.”

Said Emily Burch, 17, a Citizen Scholar from the Cocoa campus who also received her A.A. degree:

“Today, we enter the world together, ready to take a stand and make a difference, applying everything we have learned at BCC. Today and forever, we are Titans, and no one will ever take that away from us.”

During its 52 years of service to Florida’s Space Coast, BCC has conferred more than 90,000 degrees and certificates, including those awarded during the May 10 commencement.


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