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Graduation 2015 Commencement 2015

Kevin Poole - SGA Teacher of the Year

Victoria Whirley

DANVILLE, VA., May 15, 2015 – More than 550 certificates, diplomas and associate degrees were handed out at Danville Community College’s 2015 Commencement, held at the Carrington Pavilion in Danville. This year’s ceremony also included special awards and scholarship presentations.

Dennis Carter, Sports Director for WSET-TV and a DCC alumnus, was the commencement speaker. Carter recently celebrated his 32nd anniversary with the television station. He began his career with WSET in 1983 after working four years at WBTM/WAKG Radio in Danville. He grew up in Danville, graduating from George Washington High School, Danville Community College and Virginia Tech.

Scholarship recipients who are continuing their education at four-year institutions were also recognized during the ceremony. They are: Christine Llana , Conner Lester, Zachary Taylor, Gabrielle Winters, Jody Bussell , Curtis Artis and Courtney Smithers, who all received Barksdale Honor Scholarships; Deisy Rivera Vela , Cheyenne Gargus and Courtney Smithers all James T. Catlin, Jr. – Kiwanis Scholarship; Bich Ngoc Le Tran, DCC Delius-Rorrer History Medallion; Timothy Jennings, James Bustard Endowed Scholarship; Conner Lester and Timothy Jennings, both McGovern General Excellency Award; Kimberly Fowlkes, who received the Bobby Stinespring Jr. Memorial Scholarship and the D. Randolph (Randy) Davis Memorial Scholarship; and Zachary Taylor, who received thePhoenix Lodge #62 – The Knights of the Pythias – Business Scholarship.

Kevin Poole, Assistant Professor of Precision Machining Technology, was honored with the Student Government Association's (SGA) Teacher of the Year Award, presented by Alex Walker, SGA President. Poole was cited for his dedication, concern for students and willingness to help students succeed.

The Stephanie L. Ferguson Medallion of Courage was presented to Victoria Whirley of Danville, who is receiving an Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Liberal Arts. The single mother attended classes full-time despite caring for her son, and working with other children who have special needs. She plans to transfer to Western Governor’s University of ODU. 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 74 different program areas were conferred upon graduates by DCC President Dr. Bruce Scism and Vice President of Academic and Student Services Dr. Christopher Ezell.


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