VGCC Welcomes Rep. Frank Sossamon as Graduation Speaker


Vance-Granville Community College is proud to welcome Rep. Frank Sossamon to deliver the keynote address at its 55th annual commencement ceremony.

Rep. Sossamon serves the NC House of Representatives’ District 32, covering Vance and most of Granville County. He is a member of several House committees, including Education K-12, Appropriations, Appropriations Education, Transportation, and Commerce, as well as an interim member of the House Select Committee on Substance Abuse and the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee.

A native of Concord, NC, Rep. Sossamon learned the value of hard work, respect, fairness, and helping others from his parents. After graduating high school as a multisport athlete, he pursued an associate degree in mental health from Western Piedmont Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies from East Coast Bible College, a Master of Ministry in church growth and church planting from Southwestern Christian University, and a Master of Divinity from Houston Graduate School of Theology. He served as a pastor for more than four decades, including 36 years at the South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Rep. Sossamon is an active member of his community. He started the Chaplain Program at Maria Parham Health and served on the Ethics Council at the hospital; he also served as chaplain for the Vance County Sheriff Department for 24 years. He has been on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Vance County for 35 years. Rep. Sossamon has been an active member of local Crime Stoppers groups for over three decades, serving as president of both the Henderson/Vance and Granville County chapters in turn. He has initiated a number of local community task forces in an effort to better the community.

Rep. Sossamon has been no stranger to VGCC during his freshman congressional term. Last year he spearheaded the effort to secure an $11.5 million allocation in the 2023-2024 State Budget for the College to construct a new center for advanced manufacturing . More recently, he played a key role in launching VGCC’s Funeral Service Education partnership with Fayetteville Tech, advocating for the program to support locally-owned businesses.

Vance-Granville Community College’s 2024 commencement will honor several hundred students who completed graduation requirements over the last year. The ceremony will take place Friday, May 10, on the grounds of the College’s Main Campus in Henderson. All members of the community are invited to attend.

Headshot of Representative Frank Sossamon (NC-32)