Albemarle, NC – Faculty, staff, and students from the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at Stanly Community College (SCC) held a pinning ceremony at the Albemarle campus on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCC held the pinning ceremony on a stage set-up outdoors on the Albemarle campus. Each student was able to approach the stage to recite the pledge to the profession and receive their MLT pin as family and friends watched from their vehicles.

Dr. John Enamait, President of Stanly Community College, gave the opening remarks and welcomed all in attendance. Lisa Burris, Board Trustee for the College, and Trustee Liaison for the SCC Foundation, was in attendance to help celebrate the graduates.

Dr. Enamait spoke to the students about perseverance and how extraordinary it was that each student was able to succeed with their academics under the most challenging circumstances, and how that perseverance will help them succeed in their next chapter in life.

Dadrienne Johnson, Program Director and Instructor for the MLT program, stated, “I am so proud of the work these students have accomplished. Our clinical partners want to thank the students for their help as the laboratory workload increased during the pandemic. Even now, just as students, you have helped so many patients. During your 600+ hours of clinicals, you have impacted the lives of thousands of patients. Keep moving forward with the same attitude and passion as you have demonstrated in the program. Remember to always work hard, be kind, and you will do amazing things.”

Tonia King, MLT Clinical Coordinator and Instructor, congratulated the students and encouraged them to keep learning. Ms. King presented Dadrienne Johnson with flowers to thank her for her hard work and leadership during the academic year.