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WSCC to graduates: ‘This is your night’

May 4, 2019

VICTORY TWP. — It was with bagpipes sounding that the 49th annual West Shore Community College commencement ceremony began on Friday evening.

The college’s recreation center arena was filled with the friends and family members of graduates, as well as faculty, staff members and well-wishers from the community. They gathered to celebrate the more than 175 WSCC students who earned either associate degrees or certificates during the 2018-19 academic year.

Thom Hawley, executive director of college relations, acted as emcee during the ceremony, welcoming graduates and their families.

“For the families and friends of the graduates, tonight is all about the graduates,” Hawley said. “We believe the students come first, and tonight is no exception.”

Hawley said commencement is a highlight of the academic year.

“Commencement is meant to signify the beginning of the next chapter in your life,” he told the graduates.

Hawley commended the students who overcame adversity to reach the milestone of graduation, and said graduation forms a life-long bond the students will share.

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