69-year-old, student-athlete ambassador among PCC’s 1,300+ graduating class

69-year-old PCC grad Patricia Love

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt Community College will hold its 2017 Spring Commencement Wednesday night in ECU’s Minges Coliseum.

The ceremony will get underway at 7 p.m. with 686 members of this year’s 1,359-member graduating class expected to participate. The college said its graduates have collectively earned a total of 2,083 degrees, diplomas and/or certificates.

University transfer student Hannah Moore will address the members of her graduating class. The student-athlete is the daughter of Elm City’s Andy and Lynn Moore. She’s been a student ambassador in each of her two years at PCC, as well as serving as a defensive specialist on the college’s women’s volleyball team. She excelled at Pitt, making the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA.

“I was grateful when I found out I was being considered to serve as this year’s commencement speaker, so it was an incredible honor for me to have been selected,” Moore said. “I plan to focus my remarks on what my fellow graduates and I have done to get to this point, rather than what the future may hold for us after graduation.”

Moore will continue her studies at ECU in the fall. She’s been accepted into the university’s health services management program and has already registered for classes. Her goal is to become a dentist.

Also graduating is 69-year-old Patricia Love.

“Well it’s a long story,” said Love. “See I started on it 30 years ago. I kinda took a class here and a class there, and now, I’m at the end.”

Love is accepting two college degrees tonight at Pitt Community College. She re-enrolled at PCC to get the degree for her own personal satisfaction.

“I just wanted to finish something that i started 30 years ago.”

While most of her classmates are decades younger, Patricia said she wasn’t treated differently.

“If i don’t understand something, and I ask one of the students, they take their time to explain it to me. So it’s been a rewarding experience. It really has.”

She’s proud to be walking across the stage in one of the largest PCC graduating classes.

“It’s never too late to start learning,” said Amelia Martin, Student Support Manager at Pitt Community College. “Everything you do in life is a learning experience, and we are welcoming them back with open arms. We’re ready to help them and be their mentors.”

Patricia proves its an accomplishment, that no one is too old to achieve.

“I’m just gonna try to hold back my tears,” said Love. “That’s what I’m gonna do because I’m happy. I’m excited. I mean, it’s just wonderful to see your dream come true.”

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