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Attorney general gives send-off to HCC graduates

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Stein, left, talks with HCC President Michael Elam before commencement exercises. Stein, left, talks with HCC President Michael Elam before commencement exercises.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein lauded Halifax Community College graduates, parents and staff during the school’s 50th commencement exercises today.

While he said the day was a turning point in the lives of the graduates he also said it was time of celebration. “You have accomplished something excellent. You should be immensely proud of yourselves.”
He told the staff of the college, “You were there encouraging and supporting them. You encouraged the students and helped them learn new things. You prepared them for what’s ahead.”

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He told the graduates to not be in too big of a rush to find the dream job. “The odds of landing the first job are slim. Get your feet wet and hone your skills. Find a career that excites you.”
Stein said the economy has changed. “Very, very rarely will a graduate stay with the same employer. Most people have 10 jobs by the time they’re 40.”
He encouraged them to take advantage of training to enhance their job skills to advance in their professions.
Stein told the class they will find themselves in the work world torn between their job duties and outside obligations. “We want you to work to live. Not live to work.”
He would like to see the students contribute to their communities. “Civic responsibility is what makes our communities special.”
That comes from things as simple as giving back to local charities, running for public office or voting. “Participating in the political system is one way you have the opportunity to give back. We all have the opportunity to participate and improve our community. Find your way to make the Roanoke Valley strong and beautiful as possible.”
He told them, “Never stop challenging yourself, never stop learning. We wish you good luck and hearty congratulations.”


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