DCCC Students Attend Presidential Inauguration
Feb 7, 2013 – Students in the Minority Male Mentoring Program at Davidson County Community College recently had the opportunity of a lifetime by attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
Four students – Decarlo Duling, DeAries Jackson, Hasan Mateen and Jacquis Stiller, as well as 2012 DCCC alumnus Bryant Cobbs, Alfred Shaw, program coordinator, and Ron Giddings, director of academic advising and program director, attended the special event. The group of seven was among the million people on the Washington Mall, as they witnessed the swearing in of Vice President Joe Biden and the second swearing in of Barack Obama.
Described by the group as a “once in a lifetime experience,” as the first African-American president was sworn in for a second term, the inauguration trip included discussions on the significance of the event, as well as expectations and reflections of the experience.
“Each moment of the journey seemed to ignite a new level of enthusiasm among the DCCC students,” Shaw says. “Following President Obama’s inaugural address during the drive back home, there were definitely moments of silence as our students reflected upon this amazing opportunity.”
Mateen, a sophomore automotive systems technology major, emphasized the importance of freedom through education, and Barack Obama’s impact on younger African-Americans. “I’m just thankful to have had this opportunity,” he says.
“The trip to the inauguration achieved a purpose of the Minority Male Mentoring Program, which is to enrich the college experience for its participants,” Giddings says. “The trip provided our students with an opportunity to bond while engaging in rich discussions about the symbols of freedom they had witnessed during the day. These were memorable moments which have become customary for DCCC.”
*Editor’s Note: Pictured, from left to right, are DeAries Jackson, Jacquis Stiller, Bryant Cobbs and Hasan Mateen, who attended Inauguration Day in January.
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 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It 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 on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.