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Belle S. Wheelan to deliver HCC Commencement Address

Belle Wheelan, Ph.D., will address the Henderson Community College graduates during commencement scheduled for Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

Dr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools CommissionBelle S. Wheelan, Ph.D. on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities.

Dr. Wheelan received her Bachelor s degree from Trinity University in Texas (1972) with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; her Master s from Louisiana State University (1974) in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership. She has received numerous awards and recognition, and in 2001 was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C.

As part of commencement, HCC will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of the University of Kentucky Northwest Center (now Henderson Community College). As part of that celebration, a number of the 1962 graduates will be participating in the graduation ceremony. Graduation ceremonies are open to the public, but seating will be limited.