Over 500 Credentials Conferred During SCC Commencement Ceremonies

The 2019 commencement ceremonies for Stanly Community College (SCC) took place on Thursday, May 9, at the Stanly County Agricultural Civic Center in Albemarle. Three separate ceremonies were held, beginning at noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. This year, 525 degrees and credentials were conferred for the 2018-2019 academic year. The top five degrees awarded were Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice Technology, and Associate Degree in Nursing. Each ceremony highlighted a student commencement speaker. Students also provided the invocations and benedictions.

Officials presenting the candidates with their degree, diploma and/or certificates included Mr. Robert Stonestreet, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) and Chair, SCC Board of Trustees; and Dr. Chris Bramlett, SCC Board Trustee Vice-Chair, along with Dr. John Enamait, SCC President, and other dignitaries and College officials.

Dr. Enamait stated, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, I would like to congratulate each and every student on their hard work and accomplishments. Your achievements are an inspiration to us all. Best of luck on your future endeavors.”

A separate Student Honors Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 8, at the Stanly County Agricultural Civic Center to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and academic achievements. The ceremony included the SCC Foundation Awards, NC Community College System Awards, Presentation of Graduation Cords, Student Leadership Awards, and Student Club Awards.

If you missed the Honors Ceremony or the Commencement Ceremonies, you may view on Stanly Community College television at https://www.youtube.com/user/stanlytv/videos.

Below please find the award recipients and a description of the award they received.


Annie Ruth Kelley Leadership Award | Emily Danner (Kannapolis) | Criminal Justice Technology

Emily Danner

The Annie Ruth Kelley Leadership Award was created in 2001 to honor the service and leadership of the first chairperson of the college board of trustees and the first woman to chair a community college board in this state. Mrs. Kelley served with distinction for 28 years as a college trustee. In keeping with the tenets of Mrs. Kelley’s record of service, this award is presented to the graduating student who has excelled in providing leadership to fellow students, the College and the community.

Dianne H. Burton Community Service Award | Greg Strader (Reidsville)| Criminal Justice Technology

Greg Strader

The Dianne H. Burton Community Service Award was created in 2006 to honor the service of the past college registrar. This award is presented to the graduating student that has contributed to the community through service learning.

Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Three students received this award. Each student gave the commencement speech during their ceremony, respectively. The Edward J. Snyder Exceptional Scholars Award is named in honor of the second chair of the College’s board of trustees. He was a member of the state board of community colleges and the first chairperson of the College foundation, a position he held for over three decades. His support of the College provided scholarships and other resources for SCC for nearly four decades. An award was established in 2002, in honor of his services. To qualify, a student must be nominated by a faculty or staff member, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, submit an essay and then complete an interview with a selection committee.

Amber Smith

Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award | Amber Smith (Marshville) | Radiography Technology | Commencement Speaker during the noon ceremony.

Jerry Whitley

Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award | Jerry Whitley (Albemarle) | Criminal Justice Technology | Commencement Speaker during the 3:00 p.m. ceremony.

Jacklyn Acevedo

Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award | Jacklyn Acevedo (Albemarle) | Stanly Early College Graduate, Associate in Arts | Commencement Speaker during the 6:00 p.m. ceremony.

Dr. George E. Eddins Jr., Award of Distinction in Allied Health Education | Sarah Scarboro (Albemarle)| Radiography Technology

Sarah Scarboro

The Dr. George E. Eddins Jr. Award of Distinction in Allied Health Education is named in honor of an Albemarle physician whose support of the SCC Foundation have allowed hundreds of students to attend college. This recognition was established in 2003, and to be considered for this award, a graduating Allied Health student must have at least a 3.5 GPA, demonstrated leadership ability and a record of service to the community.

Outstanding Alumni Award | Lee Pickler (Albemarle) | ScanOnline

Lee Pickler

Each year one or more Stanly Community College alumni are recognized for their contributions to the College, the community and their profession. Eligibility for this award requires that the student must have participated at the College as either a curriculum (credit-based), continuing education, or basics skills/literacy student. The SCC Executive Leadership Team then selects the award recipient out of the eligible nominations.

Shirley Dennis Basic Skills Outstanding Student Award | Brandise Souza (Albemarle) | Adult High School Diploma

Brandise Souza

Established in 2012 in memory of Shirley Diane Dennis, 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. Shirley Diane Dennis obtained her high school equivalency credential and Associates Degree in Human Services from Stanly Community College, and her Bachelor of Science from Pfeiffer University. She also received the Stanly Community College Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2011.

The Jerrie Sue Moffitt-Morton Award | Tera Pollard (Mt. Gilead) | Cosmetology Technology

Tera Pollard

The recipient for the Jerrie Sue Moffitt-Morton Award will personify the spirit of the award's namesake. This recipient will demonstrate an ability to overcome adversity, maintain integrity, and keep clients' needs as their priority. Furthermore, the chosen recipient will exude a charismatic personality, always making others feel at ease and welcome. The recipient will be known for putting others before self while also possessing a fighting spirit when faced with life's negative circumstances. Mrs. Jerrie Sue Moffitt-Morton leaves behind an enormous legacy, and this recipient's qualities will resonate with the aforementioned attributes that set Mrs. Moffitt-Morton apart from others.

Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award SCC Nominee - Brittney Pouch (Albemarle) | Business Administration

Brittney Pouch

In 2004, the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents created the Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award as a way to (1) recognized student leadership on a statewide level while also (2) honoring former Governor Bob Scott. Governor Scott served as the State’s chief executive from 1968-1972 and then was president of our system for 12 years from 1983-1995. Governor Scott passed away in January of 2009, but he was very humbled that the system named a student award in his honor. This is an award designed to highlight outstanding curriculum student leadership and service.
Ms. Brittney Pouch also was nominated for the SCC Academic Excellence Award One student from each of the 58 North Carolina Community Colleges receive this prestigious award for academic excellence. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be currently enrolled, must have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and must have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25.

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award SCC Nominee - Katrina Sams (Albemarle) | Institutional Effectiveness Assistant, Stanly Community College

Katrina Sams

Created in 2010, this award is given in memory of Dr. Herring’s great work for North Carolina community colleges. The Dallas Herring Achievement Award may be earned by a current student or alumnus of any program at a North Carolina Community College (Curriculum, continuing education of literacy) and recognizes achievement by that student. Each community college is encouraged to submit nominees for this award to the North Carolina Community College System Office.


Agribusiness Grads
Agribusiness Technology graduates.
Pictured from left to right is Hannah Kee (Richfield), Alaina Finney, SCC Agribusiness Program Head, and DC Huneycutt, III.


Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education.
Pictured from left to right, row one: Christie Honeycutt, Dean of Health and Public Services,
Jessica Baker, Early Childhood Success Coach, Brandi Jones (Archdale), Carrie Callicutt (Oakboro), Keema Rose (Browns Summitt),
and Jessica Phifer (Monroe).

Row two: Jamie Shelton, Early Childhood Instructor, Andrea Shutt (Locust), Jessica Barringer (Albemarle), Sarah Chamba (Concord),
Brianica Bryant (Watha), and Jessica Winebarger (Newland).

Row three: Joy Gilbreath (Lexington), Christy Hopkins, Early Childhood Instructor, Shevon Little (Troy), Audry McCray (Hickory),
Brittany Johnson (Durham), and Zenobia Lipscomb (Yancyville).