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Hannah Chappell Delivers BRCC Keynote Address


January 8, 2018

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Hannah Chappell

Blue Ridge Community College held its annual winter commencement ceremony for curriculum graduates on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at 6 p.m. The ceremony was held at Blue Ridge Conference Hall. More than 100 graduates received degrees, diplomas or certificates at the ceremony.

BRCC student Hannah Chappell delivered the keynote address.

Chappell inspired the graduates with a speech of encouragement and chasing victories. She addressed the graduates as "forward thinking luminaries," before reminiscing about the first day of class, fears of not passing, pulling all-nighters, and turning in papers at 11:59 p.m.

She said, "Fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road. Believing in your talents and self-worth changes fear into freedom."

She also noted, that all the graduates have dropped the "blinders from their eyes and overcame their fears and believed. They also gained many marketable skills, which tapped resources from within and prepared them for their destiny."

Chappell conveyed, that "Each pathway starts with a single step. Never stop becoming more." She challenged graduates to "Take the next step to becoming more. Follow the path that leads to success, prosperity, happiness and illuminate the pathway for others to follow."

Chappell received an associate degree in engineering and plans to transfer to obtain her bachelor's degree in engineering from Western Carolina University. She already holds an Associates in Applied Science in Mechatronics from Blue Ridge Community College.

Chappell is a lifelong resident of Transylvania County. She was the recipient of the Carol McKenzie Wilson scholarship three times, as well as the O'Cain Group Scholarship, Brevard Rotary Club Scholarship, the J. Daniel Furr Memorial Scholarship, and the NC NASA Space Grant. While at Blue Ridge Community College, she served as a work study, administrative assistant to the engineering department, and as an adjunct instructor.


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