Blansett selected as student speaker at 2010 Commencement at UVa-Wise
Bruce Blansett has been selected as the student speaker for the 2010 Commencement at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Saturday, May 15.
The Haysi resident arrived at UVa-Wise four years ago with every intention of earning a degree in biology so he could attend medical school after graduation.
The Dickenson County resident took a heavy load of science courses, but his plans changed once he enrolled in “London and Literature.”
“I really loved it,” said Blansett. “It was my second semester here. I had enough classes to declare a major, so I picked English.”
Blansett, 21, did not scrap his plans for medical school. He continued piling on plenty of science courses along with a heavy load of English classes. He soon discovered that science and literature made a good combination.
His capstone project involved studying science of the Civil War and using literature to debunk some of the scientific notions of that period.
Blansett wants to teach English at the college level. After graduating magna cum laude from UVa-Wise, Blansett will enter a master’s degree program in English at Virginia Tech. A doctorate degree is the next step for the first-generation college student.
He credits the faculty and staff at UVa-Wise for his successful college career. Gaining a liberal arts education at a small college was a perfect fit, he said.
“UVa-Wise really helped me grow as a person,” he said. “All the faculty and staff are very supportive and nurturing. They helped me reach my full potential.”
Blansett is the son of Gary and Shelly Mullins of Haysi. In his spare time, Blansett enjoys reading and watching as many films as he can at the local cinema.
Virginia Delegate Clarence “Bud” Phillips will deliver the 2010 Commencement address at UVa-Wise. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Lawn by the Lake.