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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • UACCH graduates taking new road

  • The head of the University of Arkansas System quoted the poet Robert Frost to emphasize for the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Class of 2014 the divergence their lives would take after Tuesday night.
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  • The head of the University of Arkansas System quoted the poet Robert Frost to emphasize for the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Class of 2014 the divergence their lives would take after Tuesday night.
    Quoting Frost's “The Road Not Taken,” Dr. Donald Bobbitt told the graduates that coming to that fork in the road of their lives meant making new choices; but, the choice they had already made to pursue higher education would remain with them for life.
    In illustrating his point, Dr. Bobbitt said that less than 28 percent of all Arkansans have obtained a bachelor's degree.
    It's up to you to arrive at this point,” he said. “And, yet, here you are.”
    Having arrived, Bobbitt said challenges which lie ahead will be more readily met because of the educational foundation the graduates have built for themselves. He illustrated his point with the cell phone, noting that in his collegiate days, cell phones were large, bulky devices with poor service; today, they are pocket-sized devices with worldwide reach.
    That was the measure of the expansion of the world view each student should recognize now for his or her life, Bobbitt said. But, he reminded the Class of 2014 that they did not arrive at this new fork in the road without help.
    Most of us stand on the shoulders of others who came before,” he said, noting that the faculty and staff at UACCH would be remembered in each student's life in some fashion.
    UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason congratulated the graduates upon having completed their educational mission at UACCH in “remarkable fashion” as some 300 students on the Hope and Texarkana campuses were represented in the Class of 2014.
    Noting that some 3,000 degrees and certificates had been awarded by UACCH during his tenure, Thomason credited the students with recognizing the value of an educational community in their lives.
    You have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that our community can do anything,” he said.
    Thomason pointed to the influence of faculty and staff in emphasizing his point, noting the pending retirement of Vice Chancellor for Student Services Bobby James and the naming of Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Jennifer Methvin as the new president of Crowder College in Missouri.
    Page 2 of 2 - He said they served as models of the impact of educational achievement and personal talent, and Thomason called upon the graduates to return that gift to others in their own lives.
    Thomason also congratulated 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Jack Daniels, of Hope; 2014 Outstanding Faculty Member Ken LeJeune; and 2014 Outstanding Staff Member Casey Curtis for their influence and contributions at UACCH.
    The ceremonies were conducted at Hempstead Hall on the UACCH campus.

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