Spring graduation season kicks into high gear at SCC

Southeastern Community College’s spring graduation season encompassed several ceremonies starting with the fire academy on May 3, nursing pinning on May 7, MLT and phlebotomy pinning on May 8, healthcare training on May 9 and the full graduation ceremony on May 10. 

“It was a very busy week celebrating our students, and it’s always exciting to celebrate the successes of our students,” said Dr. Chris English, SCC president. “We had a great graduating class of 2024 on Friday morning and thank goodness we didn’t have any rain. Witnessing all the enjoyment from the students and the support from loved ones and spouses was a thrill to see.” 

According to SCC Director of Student Records/Registrar Trina Davis, 174 students crossed the stage and turned their tassel on May 10.  

Annually, Southeastern Community College acknowledges one faculty and one staff for their outstanding contributions to the college,” English said. “These individuals are nominated by their peers and voted on by the T. Elbert Clemmons Faculty Award Committee and the Dr. Dan & Cheryl Moore Staff Award Committee.” 

Welding instructor Paul Starnes won the T. Elbert Clemmons Outstanding Faculty Award, and Apprenticeship Coordinator Denise Young won the Dr. Dan and Cheryl Moore Outstanding Staff Award. Along with recognition at the graduation ceremony, they received an SCC insignia keepsake, a $1,500 cash award and a nomination for the North Carolina Community College System 2024-2025 Excellence in Teaching Award and North Carolina Community College System Staff Person of the Year Award.  

Student Government Association President Maurice Simmons was the commencement speaker. He is a 2021 graduate of East Columbus Jr./Sr. High School and native of the Lake Waccamaw and Hallsboro communities.  

Simmons worked part-time for SCC’s maintenance department in addition to serving as a student ambassador and as a member of the Campus Crusade for Christ organization. He graduated with an associate degree in applied science for electrical engineering technology and mechatronics engineering technology. He plans to transfer to East Carolina University in the fall. 

The truck driver training program held its latest graduation ceremony on May 16. Graduation season at SCC concludes on May 30 at 10 a.m. with the Child Development Center’s Pre-K graduation ceremony in the auditorium.  

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