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SCC Commencement Ceremonies Held at Agri-Civic Center

(May 12, 2014) On May 8th, Stanly Community College (SCC) celebrated its 43rd commencement day to honor and recognize the achievements of all the graduates. Three separate ceremonies were held at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center to accommodate nearly 2,000 students, family, and friends who gathered to witness loved ones receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates.

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays noted, “We heartily congratulate the class of 2014! The Board of Trustee’s, faculty, and staff at Stanly Community College are extremely proud of our graduate’s accomplishments. We are very excited to have had the opportunity to help these students achieve their educational goals.”

Danny BowenDanny Bowen received the Outstanding Alumni award. Mr. Bowen earned his Criminal Justice Technology degree from Stanly Community College. Each year one or more Stanly Community College alumni are recognized for their contributions to the College, the community and their profession. Former students are nominated by the college community and the annual recipients are announced at spring graduation.
Ian WallaceIan Wallace, Medical Laboratory Technology graduate, received the George E. Eddins, Jr., Award of Distinction in Allied Health Education. This award was established in 2003 and to be considered for this award a graduating Allied Health student must have a 3.5 or higher GPA, demonstrated leadership ability and a record of service to the community.
James CarelockJames Carelock, an Electronics Engineering Technology graduate, received the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Mr. Carelock started attending classes at SCC in August of 2008 as part of Stanly Early College High School, earning his Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science degree. Mr. Carelock gave the noon ceremony commencement speech that encouraged students to do their best. “Never underestimate hard work. One of the most difficult lessons I have learned during my time at SCC is that there is a difference in being productive and being busy. There is something to be said for keeping life simple and focused.”
Jeff ShewJeff Shew, Criminal Justice Technology graduate, received the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Mr. Shew presented the 6:00 p.m. commencement speech. He was thankful for second chances and encouraged students to never give up. “Knowledge and education provide you with the possibility that no matter how old you are or what your current situation in life is…you can improve your life, make your future brighter and make the world around you a better place.”
Kayla HatleyKayla Marie Hatley, an Associate Degree Nursing graduate, received the Dianne H. Burton Community Service Award. This award was created in 2006 to honor the service of the past college registrar and is presented to the graduating student that has contributed to the community through service learning.
Kelly O’ConnorKelly Medlin O’Connor, an Associate Degree Nursing graduate, received the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Ms. O’Connor gave the 3:00 p.m. commencement speech that inspired her peers to stay committed to the pursuit of personal growth and excellence. “My experiences thus far have afforded me the opportunity to combine both my passion for science and commitment to life-long learning while continuing to fulfill my desire to provide meaningful work to my community."
Sierra TarltonSierra Brooke Tarlton, an Adult High School graduate received the Shirley Dennis Outstanding Adult High School/High School Equivalency Student award. This award recognizes an exemplary high school equivalency or adult high school graduate, who while overcoming challenges, remains committed to education and demonstrates leadership skills among peers.
Thomas SmithThomas E. Smith, III, earned his Criminal Justice Technology degree and received the Annie Ruth Kelley Leadership Award. This award was created in 2001 to honor the service and leadership of Mrs. Annie Ruth Kelley, first chairperson of the College Board of Trustees and the first woman to chair a community college board in North Carolina.
Matthew ReeseMatthew Reese, an Associate in Arts graduate, received the Academic Excellence Award. Matthew feels that the most rewarding aspect of being a student has been the joy of learning itself and the increasing sense of interconnectedness he experiences with regard to life and living. “I feel I have been blessed with a chance to start anew and this is something I take very seriously. The simple act of sharing things I encounter at school with my children is deeply rewarding, and this sense of sharing knowledge continues to grow and pervade all of my relationships and experiences.”

Each ceremony will be available on SCC-TV Time Warner Cable Channel 21 and the College’s website.