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First Class of SCC Graduates Invited to Participate in 2015 Graduation

Charlotte Dye NeeleyAfter graduating from Somerset Community College as part of the first class in 1967, obtaining a degree from the University of Cincinnati and spending 30 years teaching in the Cincinnati public school system, Charlotte Dye Neeley decided to return home and retire. Recently, Neeley hand-delivered some SCC memorabilia to the college.

Ive kept up with the college through the newspaper, said Neeley, who kept her subscription to the Somerset Commonwealth-Journal even when she lived away. I had been meaning to bring this (SCC brochure) by and finally did after receiving information about the colleges 50th anniversary plans.

Neeley was raised on Fishing Creek Road and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1965. She was very active in Future Homemakers of America (FHA) and attended SCC because it was convenient and was recommended to her by her high school guidance counselor. Her parents, Marcia and Delmer Dye, werent high school graduates, but they always encouraged her to pursue and education, making sure she was able to afford it, she said.

Neeley said that many of her high school friends attended SCC, but she also met several new friends, including non-traditional students, during her time at the college.

The students that came to SCC were close knit, Neeley said. We came to campus, studied together and I later even commuted to the University of Kentucky with other students from SCC for a summer class. I have no regrets about attending SCC. It was an excellent foundation for me and offered the smaller setting I needed. It kept me grounded.

Since graduating as part of that first SCC class, Neeley had a career as a home economics teacher in Cincinnati. She now lives in Wayne County where she enjoys her pets, working in the yard and church activities.

I always wanted to move back here for the view, said Neeley.

Neeley and other graduates of the SCC Class of 1967 have been invited to participate in the upcoming 2015 Commencement ceremony, to be held on May 8 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. If you are a graduate of the 1967 class, or know the whereabouts of a graduate, please contact Cindy Clouse at cindy.clouse@kctcs.edu or (606) 451-6618.