Two students, who also happen to be sister and brother, have been selected to speak during commencement exercises this year at Paul D. Camp Community College.
Hannah, 18, and Josiah Barrett, 20, will graduate May 11 at 7 p.m., along with their father, Ray, who is receiving his second degree from PDCCC. They are residents of Wakefield.
Graduating high school through the Home Educators Association of Virginia, the siblings have since been inducted in the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and serve as Presidential Student Ambassadors at PDCCC. They will both graduate with associate’s degrees in general studies.
Hannah will return to PDCCC to attain a second associate’s degree in education before continuing her education at a four-year college or university. She enjoys being with friends and family, reading and art.
Josiah represented PDCCC at the Virginia General Assembly in February. He will attend Montreat College in North Carolina this fall to begin studying for a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education. He composes and performs original songs, playing the guitar, bass, banjo, and piano, among other instruments. He helped start a band at his home church, and also enjoys running, hiking and canoeing.
Hannah and Josiah’s mother, Jill, earned an associate’s degree from PDCCC in 2006 and is presently taking medical coding classes.