Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its winter commencement Friday at the Mayo Auditorium on the Mayo campus.

Dr. George D. Edwards, president and CEO of BSCTC, told graduates to labor with passion, courage and perseverance as you will impact your life as well as others.

The college awarded 242 degrees, diplomas and certificates. One of those graduates, Karen Mullins, 45, of Wittensville, said her daughter, Ashley, a former BSCTC student who now attends Morehead State University, encouraged her to return to school.

Learning is a lifelong process, said Miller, who received her Associate of Applied Science degree in medical information technology. I wouldnt be here today without the support of my family. I feel confident that I have the tools to be successful.

Dr. Edwards stressed the importance of having a strong family and a support structure to graduates.

Take a moment to thank and show appreciation to your family and those who have supported you through this journey, he said. Do your best to work hard every day and always remember those who helped you get here.

In his speech, Dr. Edwards also outlined eight keys to success and encouraged students to pursue their dreams. Live life to its fullest, he added, and strive to use your education to make a difference.

Dr. Edwards said it was fitting that the schools year-long anniversary celebration (75 years at Mayo, 50 years at Prestonsburg Community College and 10 years as the merged BSCTC) end with a celebration of student success and achievement.
Its truly about the students and their success, Dr. Edwards said. These graduates have completed a very important chapter in their lives, and we know they will go on to do great things.