Vance-Granville Welcomes Dr. Rebecca Corbin as 2023 Commencement Speaker


Vance-Granville Community College is proud to welcome Rebecca A. Corbin, Ed.D., to deliver the keynote address at its 54th annual commencement ceremony.

Since 2015, Corbin has served as president and CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the country’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through more than 330 community colleges and a growing number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The organization serves over 3.3 million college students nationwide.

Corbin is the co-author of three books related to entrepreneurship, equity, and innovation in community colleges. She also serves as the publisher of NACCE’s quarterly magazine and the host of the Forward with NACCE podcast, which has listeners in over 930 American cities and 59 countries.

The recipient of multiple awards and accolades, Corbin’s expertise has brought her to platforms across the United States as well as abroad. In 2021, Corbin testified before the U.S. Congressional Committee on Small Business on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development on the topic of “The Community College Pipeline to Small Business.” In 2017, she traveled to China as a guest scholar for the International Conference on the Construction of Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems at Zhejiang University.

This is not the first time Dr. Corbin will have participated in a notable ceremony for Vance-Granville. In October 2022, she presented the college with NACCE’s 2022 Entrepreneurial College of the Year Award at the organization’s annual conference.

“Through innovative events hosted by Vance-Granville’s Small Business Center and other entrepreneurial programming, the college has demonstrated its commitment to promoting entrepreneurship throughout the region it serves,” she said on that occasion. “It is a pleasure to recognize this outstanding college.”

Corbin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Kent State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Akron, and a Doctorate in Education in organizational leadership and innovation from Wilmington University. She currently lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children.

VGCC’s 2023 commencement, which will honor a total of 519 graduates, is scheduled to take place Friday, May 12.

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