South Piedmont Community College will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2014 on May 12. Two ceremonies will take place at the Union County Agricultural & Conference Center — one at 11 a.m. and another at 3 p.m. — honoring candidates for graduation from the School of Allied Health, the School of Applied Science & Technology, the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Nursing.
Both ceremonies are ticketed events.
Commencement addresses will be given by North Carolina Poet Laureate Dr. Joseph Bathanti, who served as a Visiting Artist at Anson Community College, a predecessor to SPCC, in the 1990s. In addition to his poetry, Bathanti is a novelist and professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University. He also chronicled the history of artists bringing their disciplines to rural areas in his book They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-95.