Halifax Community College held its first in-person commencement ceremony since 2019 on Saturday to a packed house at the Griffin Center.
During the 2021-2022 graduation year, which includes the summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022 semesters, HCC celebrated the achievements of 266 unduplicated graduates, counting each graduate only only once, noted Dawn Veilky, HCC Registrar/Veterans Affairs Director.
The HCC awarded a total of 426 degrees, a double count since most graduates receive multiple degrees.
Fifty of the 266 unduplicated graduates were current high school students, she added.
Gallery photos by Lisa Olliver | HCC
At its 55th commencement ceremony, HCC Acting President and Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer Dr. David Forester commended the graduates for their investment of time and hard work, and he encouraged them. to support others in the future.
“Make an effort to help someone else achieve their hopes, dreams and goals like you did,” he said. “Whether you’re transferring to one of North Carolina’s top universities or colleges or entering the workforce, you’ve been well prepared and are now more than ever positioned to succeed.”
Forester also presented the Dr. Michael A. Elam Community Care Award to North Carolina Rep. Michael Wray.
The award recognizes an individual who finds supportive solutions to the needs and concerns of the HCC community.
Wray was selected for its successful and financial partnership opportunities that have had a positive impact on the institution, its students, and the future growth of the college.
The speaker for the occasion was North Carolina Senator Milton Frederick “Toby” Fitch Jr.
In his address to the graduates, he encouraged them to strive to be bold, stand up for what they believe in, serve others, and make decisions that propel a powerful difference in their communities. “Be strong, be tenacious, be ready, be resourceful, ‘be on it’ as you would say, be kind to each other, be gracious,” he said. “You deserved this moment.”
Fitch said, “If you use a straight pin to guide your life from now on, understand that a straight pin has three parts: the head, the shank, and the point, or the goal. Realize that the head will always guide you, the stick will direct you, and your goal will always be achieved because you will follow the goal.
Fitch’s granddaughter, Kortne L. Fitch, earned an associate’s degree in nursing. He called her on stage and presented her with a bouquet of roses to acknowledge her accomplishment.
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, Dr. Jeffery Fields recognized outstanding students. He described the range of degrees and titles conferred – diplomas, certificates and degrees – and detailed the range of dress colors and corresponding insignia representing the many student populations at HCC.
Fields also recognized HCC’s outstanding faculty. He recognized Jason Shotwell, Welding Technology Department Head and Instructor, recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty Award. “The Excellence in Teaching Award is uniquely suited to honor our faculty’s contributions to the college, including their commitment to providing quality teaching, fostering student accountability, and insisting on high academic standards,” it said. -he declares.
Allisha Hicks, associate dean of curriculum and president of the School of Allied Health, Technical and Vocational Education, recognized the recipient of the Grand in the North Carolina Community College System office’s 58th Academic Honor.
This honor is awarded to the student in the promotion who has obtained the highest cumulative grade point average.
This year’s award went to Meredith Wilson, who achieved a 4.0 GPA and also received her Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.
Associate’s Degree in Nursing student Dana Patton delivered the student load.
He noted how his HCC community has always supported him, helped meet his needs, and that HCC family and friends have generously provided for all students. He reminded his fellow graduates and those present of the importance of gratitude and service. “Whatever we do we will serve, that’s why I’m here,” he said. “That’s always been my number one goal, which is why I’m going into nursing.”
The May 14 ceremony is available via livestream to watch.