A previous Robeson CC Today column highlighted Nursing, Radiography, and Respiratory pinning ceremonies. Since then, May celebrations have continued at Robeson Community College with the faculty of the Emergency Medical Science and Early Childhood Education programs pinning their graduates in separate ceremonies. Honors students were recognized at a reception and a dinner, all of which led up to graduation ceremonies on May 16.
Ricki Morgan Bell, Naurice Lynn Britt, Britney Cummings, Dovie Holland, Adrianne Locklear, Inga Locklear, Vernon Nathaniel Babson, Brian Batton, Amber Cummings, Cara Cummings, Cierra Locklear, Timothy Locklear, Stephen Chad Martin and Jonathan Prather received pins from Robeson’s EMS faculty and staff on May 12. Elias Salazar and Dr. Elizabeth Gignac were guest speakers for this program.
Early Childhood Education faculty pinned Ashton Demery, Brenda P. Hernandez, Rowynna L. McNeill, Catherine B. Pedersen, Shaneeta L. Pratt, Shalena M. Revels, Richeal Scott, Jackie Simmons, Chelsie Chavis, Kristen Emanuel, Leah S. Herring, Amber Nichole Hinote, and Anita F. Watts. Guest speaker, former associate auperintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County and RCC adjunct faculty member, Dr. Bruce Walters, congratulated these students on their accomplishments and reminded them that education should be a lifelong pursuit.
More than 200 students completed their programs this semester and received associate degrees and diplomas during spring commencement ceremonies on May 16 in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium on the main campus. Melissa Sampson, president of the Student Government Association, welcomed the assembly and led the pledge of allegiance. The Rev. Tim Chavis of Bear Swamp Baptist Church in Pembroke offered the invocation. Sammy Cox, chair of the board of trustees, welcomed attendees Robeson Community College president, Dr. Kimberly Gold, welcomed family and friends of the graduates and then introduced guest speaker Rev. Dean Carter, coordinator of the Department of Pastoral Care at Southeastern Health.
Carter congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments. He also acknowledged the support of family and loved ones for the graduates.
Prior to the presentation of the candidates and the conferring of degrees, Dr. Gaylen Eddy, program director for Humanities and Social Sciences at the college, recognized Robeson Community College’s recipient of the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award for 2017, Tammy Cox Small.
“This is the best time of year to be involved in a community college,” said Bill Mauney, vice president of Instructional and Support Services. “This is when students and their instructors get to see the results of several years of hard work.”
Photographs of graduation and the various pinning ceremonies can be found on the college’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RobesonCommunityCollege.
Despite graduations and pinnings, the business of education never stops at Robeson Community College. Summer classes began on May 22, and a second summer session will start on June 21. Faculty and staff are busy preparing for the upcoming fall term that begins on Aug. 14. If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in either of these latter two sessions, contact the admissions department at 910-272-3342, or visit online at www.robeson.edu/admissions.
Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.