and gown at the Richmond Community College Basic Skills graduation ceremonyThursday night at the Cole Auditorium. Over the past year, the college awarded 292 GED and 13 Adult High School diplomas.
RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis welcomed the audience and thanked them for all the support they have given students so they could achieve this goal.
“This is an important event. Graduates drove from as far away as Arkansas. Each of you has a unique story, but all of you have one
thing in common: courage. It takes courage to return to the classroom and an understanding of how powerful an education can be,” said McInnis, who provided the commencement address.
McInnis shared stories of some of the graduates. Thirty-eight years ago, one graduate promised her mother she would finish high
school. At the beginning of the school year, one graduate promised her eighth grade son she would have more education by the end of the academic year than he did. A third graduate promised himself he would earn his GED as quickly as possible and took exams almost on a daily
basis. All kept their promises and are enrolled at RCC for fall semester.
“These students understand the value of education and realize this first step is not the last. Continuing your education is a pathway
to a better way of life. It is never too late for a fresh start,” he said.
A number of graduates earned awards and scholarships for high scores on the GED exam. Dakota Braddock of Hamlet was recognized for having the highest GED exam scores in North Carolina for 2009. She earned an award last year for attaining the highest GED score in RCC’s history.
McInnis presented a cash award from The First Bank to Cynthia Hockman of Laurel Hill for scoring the highest on the GED exam during
the 2009-2010 academic year.
He presented the Laurinburg Rotary Club scholarship to Precious Mae Jacobs of Laurinburg who earned the GED Diploma with commendation and will attend RCC this fall.
Knights of Columbus representative Robert Salemme presented a cash award to Courtni B. Wright and Matthew A. Radford of Laurinburg for scoring commendation on the GED exam.
Rockingham Rotary Club President David Harling presented a scholarship to Hayley K. Williams of Rockingham who earned the GED
Diploma and will be attending RCC this fall.
Interim Vice President for Continuing Education Sherry Byrd presented the Basic Skills Race for Literacy Scholarships to David Lee Wells of Laurinburg and Gena Joelle Conner of Rockingham who earned their GED diplomas and will attend RCC this fall.
Daphne Stancil presented the Emma M. Stancil & Captain Walter R. Stancil, Jr. Memorial Scholarship to Rebecca Anne Miles of Hamlet who completed her GED diploma with commendation and will attend RCC this fall.
Byrd presented the Barbara S. Conder Basic Skills scholarship to Charleen Perhealth Standridge of Hamlet who completed her GED diploma with commendation and will attend RCC this fall. Rockingham Civitan Club representative and RCC Trustee J.C. Lamm presented a scholarship to Christopher H. Snow, Sr. of Rockingham who completed his GED with commendation and will attend RCC this fall.
Lamm presented the RCC Trustees Basic Skills Scholarship to James R. Hildreth of Ellerbe who completed his GED diploma with commendation and will attend RCC this fall.
The diplomas were presented by Byrd, McInnis, and Lamm. Dr. Michael Perry with the Richmond County School System and Dr. Susan Chase with the Scotland County School System assisted in presenting the Adult High School diplomas. McInnis conferred the degrees.
Six students from Richmond County received Adult High School Diplomas. They are Latoya D. Robinson from Ellerbe; Amber Renee Hunt, Shankina Shanta Jones, and Jeremy W. McNeill, Jr. from Hamlet; and Danielle Kaye Fowler, and James Edward McDonald from Rockingham.
Forty-six students from Richmond County received GED Diplomas.
They are Amanda R. Braddock from Cordova; Kelli Nichole Baxley, James Hildreth and Ashley Hogan of Ellerbe; Shawn
Arnold, Sheryl H. Bates, Ashley Michelle Butler, Amber Faulk, Brittany Gathings, Brandy Goldman, Steven Colby Hildreth, Bernita Hubbard, Precious Mae Jacobs, Brandy K. Locklear, William Alex Mabe, Rebecca Zachary Miles, Charleen P. Standridge, Ashley Marie Tucker, and Brandon Whitfield of Hamlet; and Gloria Allen, Brandon Lee Bennett, James Bryant, Micheal Campbell, Dustin Alan Caulder, Gena Joelle Conner, Christina J. Coons, Katina Davis, Jannie Sue Nan Deans, Amanda G. Gainey, Kelly Hildreth, Kelly E. Hinson, Toni Jenks, Matthew Lowery, Jessica McDonald, Michael A. Miller, Charles F. Owens, Jessica N Peele, Melissa L. Prevatte, Christopher H. Snow, Sr., Stephen Craig Thorpe, Kristen Wallace, Julie Diane Webb, Ashley Wilkes, Hayley K. Williams, and Traci Williams of Rockingham.
Students from other areas earning their GED diplomas include Jose I. Guerrero of Raeford, Jessia Renee Taylor of Rowland, Kevin Lee Mack of Wilmington, Marchus Leichliter of Lilesville, Samantha Bowers of Benton, Arkansas, Tiffany Latrice Gowins of Hephzibah, Georgia, and Patrick Glenn Strickland and Lianna Williams of McColl, South Carolina.