College of The Albemarle Holds Spring 2023 Commencement

By on May 19, 2023

COA-Dare 2023 Commencement.

College of The Albemarle (COA) hosted its spring commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at COA – Dare and 5:00 p.m. at COA – Elizabeth City.  We celebrated 239 graduates earning 243 degrees/diplomas during the ceremonies.

Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President, delivered remarks at both ceremonies.  Robert Woodard, COA Board of Trustees Member and Board of Commissioners Chair, Dare County, shared comments for the COA – Dare ceremony.  Breann Byrum and Anita Lin were the featured student speakers for COA – Elizabeth City’s ceremony. 

Nathaniel “Jordan” Tadlock was awarded the President’s Service Cup for 2023.  The President’s Service Cup is a graduating student’s most prestigious recognition at COA. It recognizes excellence in the classroom, those making significant contributions of service to the college, and those who are active in student activities and their local community.

Tadlock earned an Associate in Science Degree from COA, graduating summa cum laude.  He is currently a senior at J.P. Knapp Early College.  His COA accolades include being a member of the Student Government Association, the Global Experience Club president, a Phi Theta Kappa member, and a COA tutor. Tadlock plans to continue his studies in Clinical Pharmaceutical Science.

The recipients of COA’s Campus Cups were the nominees for the President’s Service Cup Award.  The COA Campus Cup recipients included Nathaniel Tadlock, COA – Currituck; Hristina Trajkoska, COA – Dare; Tolisa Faulkner, COA – Edenton-Chowan; Winter Simmons, COA – Elizabeth City.

“As College of The Albemarle Alumni, you are an integral part of this community,” said President Bagwell. “Endeavor to give back to the community that has nurtured your education and personal growth. Engage with the community through employment, volunteer work and service opportunities. Make noteworthy and positive contributions to society as a whole. Commit yourselves to helping others as you embark on your life’s work. Just as our college faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to helping you transform your lives and achieve your educational aspirations, I encourage you to embrace the same level of commitment and assist others in realizing their dreams.”

College of The Albemarle wishes our graduates the best in their future endeavors.  For a full listing of College of The Albemarle Spring 2023 Graduates visit


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