KENANSVILLE – James Sprunt Community College’s 2014 commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Duplin County Events Center.
Commencement speaker will be Henry R. Mattocks, 1969 graduate of James Sprunt Institute. Mattocks has a distinguished career with Carolina Power & Light Company, Progress Energy, and Duke Energy, and is a longtime mentor and coach with area youth.
A resident of Raleigh since 1969, he is the youngest of 13 and the son of the late Leamon and Lillie Bell Mattocks. Born in Jacksonville, Mattocks grew up in the Silverdale, Hubert community. He graduated from Swansboro High School and received an Associate’s Degree in 1969 from James Sprunt Institute with a Design Drafting Degree. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University in Public Administration.
Mattocks is a recipient of the “John Freehafer Sports Volunteer of the Year Award” by the Greater Raleigh Sports Council for his work with the Garner Road Basketball Club. He was also inducted into Shaw University Scholarship Hall of Fame in June, 2013.
The early dedication of Mattocks to instructing young men in the basics of basketball and life began in 1979 with the Wake County Boys Club and area high schools. In 1990, he co-founded the YMCA Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Garner Road Basketball Club.
Retiring in May, 2014, Mattocks will celebrate 40 years of distinguished service with Duke Energy and plans to spend more time with family, including his wife Cynthia, two sons Michael and Kevin, and one grandson Evan.
A reception will follow the commencement exercises.