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Vickie Holland Taylor, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is the first female in the college's history to carry the mace and lead the processional.

Derek Vicks, Assistant Professor of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, center, was named the Student Government Teacher of the Year. He is shown surrounded by 2011 graduates of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program.

Just a few more minutes until... Graduates march during the ceremony.


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DANVILLE, VA., May 13, 2011 – A record number of 516 graduates received diplomas, certificates, and associate degrees at Danville Community College’s 2011 Commencement, held at the main campus in Danville.

Virginia’s Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson, a community college graduate himself, was the guest speaker. The ceremony was also included several awards: Danville business man Richard G. Barkhouser was awarded an Honorary Associate of Humane Letters Degree in recognition of his contributions to higher education, the region’s workforce services, and especially to Danville Community College.

Derek Vicks, Assistant Professor of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, was honored with the Student Government Association's (SGA) Teacher of the Year Award, presented by William Anthony Thompson of Danville, SGA President. Vicks was cited for his dedication, concern for students and professionalism. In his nomination letter, students said Vicks “always makes sure we are doing the right thing in and out of class,? another student said he is “knowledgeable and skillful in the HVAC industry and is recognized in the community for his skills. He always has a positive attitude and is a role model.?

The Stephanie L. Ferguson Medallion of Courage was presented to Brandy Byrd Morris of Prospect Hill, NC. Morris, a wife and mother of three children was recognized for her courage and determination to completing a rigorous program of study while quietly battling an illness. She is one of the first graduates of DCC’s new Nursing program, receiving the Associate of Applied Science Degree She is expected to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse. In her nomination letter from her professor, Morris is described as demonstrating a caring and compassionate attitude toward her patients and their families. She possess exceptional interpersonal skills and is a patient advocate.? The Ferguson Medallion of Courage is presented in memory of a DCC student who died in April 1990.

Craig Eugene Warren of Danville, was recognized for his selection in the 2011 All-USA Academic Team competition, sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and USA Today. Warren graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology – Networking Specialization.

The certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in 53 different program areas were conferred upon graduates by Ramsey and Dr. Chris Ezell, Vice President, Academic and Student Services.


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