Yesterday morning on Saturday, 25 February 2012 the University of District Columbia Community College held its second Semi-Annual Recognition Celebration at THEARC at 1901 Mississippi Avenue in SE Washington DC in honor of student graduates from its 2011 Summer and Fall Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Program. The theme for the February 2012 graduation ceremony was "Finding New Ways to Work".
After opening with welcome remarks from Connie Spinner, Dean of WDLL and Dr. Jonathan Guevera, CEO of UDC-CC former students via a video presentation as well as in their own words shared how the WDLL program had changed and improved their lives.
In her own words, Michelle Watson closed with "Don't stop. I'm not stopping!". And while Bryce Gregory expressed that "... we are all students because we want to do better ..." Monique Williams closed with "I can achieve as long as I believe!".
In her Words of Encouragement, Melinda Gray expressed that her while fear had been her biggest obstacle she urged that "... if you begin and then stop, go back!".
In the Take A Bow, Give Yourself a Hand portion of the program, WDLL Dean Connie Spinner asked that each graduate stand and be recognized when she announced the course or program from which they had participated in during the 2011 fall and summer seasons. At which time, I proudly stood when she announced the Medical Office Administrative Assistant Program at Backus.
Final remarks were made by Brenda Richardson who as Deputy Chief of Staff to Councilmember Marion Barry reminded the audience that it had been through the efforts of Barry that the District of Columbia had first instituted a Workforce Development Program.
In a closing musical selection, Michelle Watson sang "In Return" before attendees were then invited to a reception in the lobby of THEARC where refreshments, fruit and dessert was donated by Walmart.
At which time Mayor Vincent Gray would join Dr. Gueverra and others on stage in private discussions regarding the UDC-CC WDLL program.