Stanly Community College's (SCC) 2016 commencement ceremonies took place on Thursday, May 12 at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle. Nearly 475 students were candidates for graduation this year. Three separate ceremonies were held, beginning at noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Each ceremony highlighted a student commencement speaker. The invocations and benedictions were also provided by the students.
Nadine Bowers, Chair, Stanly Community College Board of Trustees, and Robin McCree, Stanly Community College, Interim President, along with other dignitaries, presented the candidates with their degree, diploma and/or certificate during the ceremonies.
The Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff of Stanly Community College congratulate all of our graduates on their academic achievement. Graduating students received the following commencement awards during the ceremonies:
Ryan Hill earned his Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Systems Technology, a Machining Certificate and a Welding Certificate, and was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder Exceptional Scholars Award. Mr. Hill gave the commencement speech during the noon ceremony and stated, "I have no worries or anxiety about going out and landing that great career I have been searching for. The education and skills that I have amassed during my time as a student will carry with me for the rest of my life, not only as an employee, but as a person as well."
Matthew Slover earned his Associate in Arts Degree and is attending Wingate University to complete a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Mr. Slover was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder Exceptional Scholars Award and the Annie Ruth Kelley Leadership Award. He was the commencement speaker during the 6:00 p.m. ceremony and stated, "SCC has helped me to overcome my fear of school by allowing me to talk with my professors, participate in leadership opportunities and network with law enforcement agencies. This gave me the confidence I needed to excel in school."
Alicia Morrow earned her Associate in Applied Science in Radiography and was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder Exceptional Scholars Award. Ms. Morrow was the commencement speaker during the 3:00 p.m. ceremony and told the audience that, "What rings true for me in this journey as a radiology student can be summed up in one quote from Alex Elle, ‘I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength.'"
Jennifer Lucas earned her Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology and a Substance Abuse Certificate. Ms. Lucas was the recipient of the Dianne H. Burton Community Service Award.
Lindsay Vanhoy earned her High School Equivalency Diploma and is the recipient of the Shirley Dennis Basic Skills Outstanding Student Award.
Katelyn Blythe earned her Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology and is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award.
Each year, one or more Stanly Community College alumni are recognized for their contributions to the College, the community and their profession. The 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award went to Dennis Souther. Mr. Souther began teaching at SCC in 1996 as an adjunct and was hired as a full-time Criminal Justice instructor in 1999. In 2001, Mr. Souther was instrumental in developing the first Criminal Justice Online program in the North Carolina Community College System. Today, Mr. Souther serves as an Associate Professor at Lindsey Wilson College of Kentucky in their Criminal Justice Online program. He also continues to teach online Political Science courses for SCC.
Not pictured is Heather Birmingham, who earned her Associate in Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology, and was the recipient of the Dr. George E. Eddins Jr. Award of Distinction in Allied Health Education.