The 2017 commencement ceremonies for Stanly Community College (SCC) took place on Thursday, May 11, at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle. This year, 462 students were candidates for graduation. Three separate ceremonies were held, beginning at noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Each ceremony highlighted a student commencement speaker. Students also provided the invocations and benedictions.
Nadine Bowers, Chair, Stanly Community College Board of Trustees, Janet Lowder, Vice Chair, State Board of Community College, and Dr. John Enamait, Stanly Community College President, along with other dignitaries and College officials, presented the candidates with their degree, diploma and/or certificate during the ceremonies.
Dr. Enamait stated, "On behalf of the Stanly Community College (SCC) Board of Trustees, and our faculty and staff, I would like to welcome the 2017 graduates to our SCC Alumni family. Community Colleges are hidden gems that can truly change lives. Thank you for allowing Stanly Community College to be part of your educational journey!"
A separate Honors Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 10, at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center to recognize students for their accomplishments in leadership and student government, to present SCC and NC Community College System awards, and to present graduation cords to Veterans, Global Distinction students, and Honor graduates.
Curt Love, Electronics Engineering Technology graduate, was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. For the last two consecutive years, Mr. Love had earned first place in the electronics division at the SkillsUSA State Conference. He will now move on to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, scheduled in June. Mr. Love was the noon commencement speaker, and stated, "My journey at SCC began at Stanly Early College. My time spent here at SCC has opened up many new opportunities for me. I would encourage anyone to get an education to make their future brighter."
David Decker, Criminal Justice Technology graduate, was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Mr. Decker has been a police officer for 13 years, a SWAT team member for the last seven, and a general instructor for the state. Mr. Decker gave the commencement speech for the 3:00 p.m. ceremony, and noted, "Strive for excellence in all that you do. Take control of your life and push yourselves. Push to be better than you were yesterday. Push to reach your full potential! The potential that you know you have, deep down, just waiting to be unleashed. The potential that our families, our friends, and the teachers here know you are capable of. Set your next goal and don't stop until you've reached it and when you do reach that goal, set a new one and keep reaching for the stars!"
Dony Santos Lambur, Associate in Applied Science graduate, was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Mr. Lambur was SCC's nominee for the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, and has served as president for the Multicultural Club, was a member of the Student Government Association and Phi Beta Lambda. Mr. Lambur gave the commencement speech for the 6:00 p.m. ceremony, and stated, "One of my biggest blessings has been Stanly Community College. The faculty and staff have been incredible by cultivating students who will enrich the lives of others. I was given an opportunity in my first year to be an ambassador for the College. I jumped at the chance because I could now represent the College at high schools and community events and tell everyone how amazing this College is and how much it had to offer."
Thomas E. Smith, (TJ), Criminal Justice Technology Alumnus, Chief for the Oakboro Police Department, was the College's 2017 nominee for the Dallas Herring Achievement Award.
Kimberly Ogle, Radiography Technology graduate, was the College's 2017 nominee for the Academic Excellence Award. Ms. Ogle served as president for the Student Government Association (SGA) for 2016-2017.
Candice Gelvin, Criminal Justice Technology graduate, was the recipient of the Annie Ruth Kelly Leadership Award.
Elizabeth Hyatt, Associate Degree Nursing graduate, received the Dr. George E. Eddins Jr., Award of Distinction in Allied Health Education.
Samantha Vang, Cosmetology Technology graduate, was the recipient of the Jerrie Sue Moffitt-Morton Award.
James Quattlebaum, Criminal Justice Technology graduate, Lieutenant, Cornelius Police Department, was the recipient of the Dianne H. Burton Community Service Award.
Rose Tice, High School Equivalency graduate, received the Shirley Dennis Outstanding Student Award.
Nadine Bowers, Chair of the Stanly Community College Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for SCC Foundation, Board of Directors for the CMC-Stanly Foundation, Board of Directors for Uwharrie Bank, North Carolina Association of Community College Trustee Executive Board, was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award.
For detailed information regarding awards and accolades, please visit our website at www.stanly.edu. You can also watch each commencement ceremony on the Stanly Community College's YouTube channel located at https://www.youtube.com/user/stanlytv/videos.