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NEARLY 500 AWARDS HANDED OUT AT DCC’S 2013 COMMENCEMENT

 

Graduation 2013

Danville Community College’s 2013 Graduates are all smiles as they prepare to receive their associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

DDANVILLE, VA., May 10, 2013 – Nearly 500 certificates, diplomas and associate degrees were handed out at Danville Community College’s 2013 Commencement, held at the main campus in Danville. This year’s ceremony featured a focus on servant leadership along with the awarding of four honorary degrees to area citizens.

Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, DCC’s fourth President, was the speaker. Ramsey is set to retire August 1, after 26 years at the helm. In addition, Honorary Associate in Humane Letters Degrees were awarded to Ann Fitzgerald Brown of Chatham; the Honorable Whittington W. Clement of Richmond; and Ben Davenport, Jr. of Chatham; In addition, Charles A. Womack, Sr. of Danville was awarded an honorary degree posthumously, and his award was accepted by his son, Charles A. “Zan” Womack, Jr. The four honorees were recognized for their contributions to higher education, the region’s workforce services, and especially to Danville Community College.

Scholarship recipients who are continuing their education at four-year institutions were also recognized during the ceremony. They are: Hope Abernathy, Federica Aversano, Luisa Brooks, Ashley Compton, Leslie Garrett, Ryan Hare, Brooke Haymore, Elizabeth Hedrick, Steven Oake and Amie Pickeral, who all received Barksdale Honors Scholarships; Vickie Johnson, James Bustard Endowed Scholarship; Christina Davis, Justine Field and James Popek, all James T. Catlin, Jr. – Kiwanis Scholarship; Ryan Hare, Danville Virginia Tech Alumni Scholarship; Jason Adam Light, DCC Delius-Rorrer History Medallion Scholarship; Kimberly Jones and Danelle Snead, both McGovern General Excellency Scholarship; and Ryan Hare, Bob Stinespring Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Vickie Holland Taylor, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was honored with the Student Government Association's (SGA) Teacher of the Year Award, presented by Steven F. Oake of Danville, SGA President. Taylor was cited for her dedication, concern for students, work with Phi Theta Kappa honor society and other student activities. In her nomination letter, Taylor was described as making her classes both interesting, doing her best to keep her students’ attention, sometimes dramatizing the subject matter. “Mrs. Taylor wants her students to succeed, and provides those interested extra opportunities to correct deficiencies in their work, and she has an open door policy during her office hours.

The Stephanie L. Ferguson Medallion of Courage was presented to Steven F. Oake of Danville, who despite suffering from a rare form of hearing loss, which impacts only one in 3,000 individuals, has actively participated in numerous campus leadership projects. He serves as President of the Student Government Association and member of the Student Leadership Organization and Alpha Beta Gamma, an honorary society for business majors. He also is active in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, serving as an executive member and service chair. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar Award. He is graduating Summa Cum Laude with Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Information Systems Technology – Computer Programming and Networking Specializations. The Ferguson Medallion of Courage is presented in memory of a DCC student who faced many challenges in continuing her education.

The certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in 51 different program areas were conferred upon graduates by DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey and Tommy Cannon, Interim Dean, Business and Engineering Technologies Division.

 

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