KENANSVILLE – Expressions of congratulations and memories marked the James Sprunt Community College 50th Anniversary Celebration kickoff event held Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6 on the campus in Kenansville.
The event launched the official beginning of a year-long celebration of the college’s existence as part of daily life in Duplin County and the surrounding area. Previous and current students, faculty and staff spanning half a century were on hand to offer well wishes and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the college over the past 50 years.
Keynote speaker and first president of JSCC, Dr. Dixon S. Hall, spoke on the quality leadership on the state and local levels that brought about the inception of a statewide community college system under the leadership of Duplin County native, Dr. Dallas Herring.
JSCC president Lawrence L. Rouse, and Geraldine Tucker, chairwoman of the JSCC Board of Trustees, welcomed guests and attendees on behalf of the college, and gave remarks about the vital role that JSCC plays in Duplin County.
Helen Boyette, 43-year charter member of the JSCC Board of Trustees presented the 200-year chronological history of the educational legacy of Duplin County and the milestones of James Sprunt Community College.
Special guest speaker Joyce Thomas, former employee and JSCC graduate from the class of 1968 recalled the early days of the school when classes actually began on the current campus instead of at scattered locations.
Former 34-year employee, Rita Brown gave a musical presentation of a “JSCC Song” that she wrote to the tune of “It’s a Grand Old Flag.” Entertainment was provided by Ronnie Castellano from the Duplin Musical Academy.
“Your Bridge To Success For Fifty Years” is indeed an appropriate slogan for the celebration,” said Dr. Rouse. “We are very proud of the role of the college has played in providing a quality education for our students which in turn means providing a work-ready workforce for our county and surrounding areas. We look forward to the support of the community as we begin the next 50 years.”