DCCC to Hold 52nd Commencement Exercises

Suzanne Walsh

April 27, 2015 – Davidson County Community College will celebrate graduates during the 52nd Commencement at 10 a.m. on May 16 at the Davidson Campus. Suzanne Walsh, deputy director of postsecondary education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide the keynote address.

 During the ceremony, a total of 2,384 credentials – 643 associate degrees, 228 diplomas and 1,513 certificates – will be awarded to 1,545 students. The college will also announce the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award and other special recognitions.

The program will be broadcast live at http://www.davidsonccc.edu/graduation-live. 

About the Keynote Speaker

In her role with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Walsh leads the foundation’s efforts in institutional redesign strategies that are aimed at helping students complete their college education.

Before joining the Gates Foundation, Walsh worked at The Lumina Foundation for Education, where she managed an initiative to increase college productivity by changing the way higher education does business. She also worked at The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, where her portfolio included community colleges, universities, workforce development, tech commercialization and transfer, city/county consolidation, immigration and regional economic development. She began working with community colleges as the coordinator of special projects at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.

Walsh has a law degree and master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University, a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and an associate degree in applied science from Hudson Valley Community College. She is a member of the Seattle CityClub board, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations board and is on the advisory boards for Roadtrip Nation, as well as education start-ups Uncollege and Sokanu. She is also a proud judge for the “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest.

For more commencement information, visit http://davidsonccc.edu/graduation.

*Editor’s Note: The first photo shows Suzanne Walsh, deputy director of postsecondary education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and keynote speaker for DCCC’s 52nd Commencement. The second photo is from last year’s ceremony.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.