RCC graduates record number of students

Honors lists now available

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HAMLET — At its 50th commencement exercises, Richmond Community College conferred more than 300 degrees, diplomas and certificates. The class of 2014 represents the College’s largest graduating class ever, eclipsing the 295 conferred in 2013.

 

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College

For the first time in its history, RCC held two ceremonies to accommodate the number of graduates.

“With our growth, we wanted to make sure that we had room so that our graduates could be joined by family and friends to help them celebrate their special day,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis. “The friends and families of our graduates have been instrumental in their success and they should be here.

“The only way to do it was to have two ceremonies.”

Barry Saunders, columnist for the (Raleigh) News and Observer, delivered the commencement address for both ceremonies.

Saunders applauded the graduates for recognizing the importance of getting an education, something that he learned only after being cut from so many college basketball teams.

“I realized being a professional basketball player was not in my future and that I’d better go somewhere and get my education, so four years hence I wasn’t in the unemployment line with the best jump shot and unable to get a job,” Saunders said.

Saunders congratulated the graduates for staying on track and not allowing others to discourage them from getting an education.

“Nobody who calls himself a friend would try to discourage you or put you down for trying to better yourself or put your down for having goals and aspirations,” he said.

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College Graduate Andy Graves post-commencement exercise.

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College
Graduate Andy Graves post-commencement exercise.

Saunders offered these words of wisdom to the members of the Class of 2014 as they prepare to embark into the real world.

“Life outside this college is the great equalizer. Life – and most employers – do not care where you went to college, as long as you can do the job. It does not matter where your diploma comes from. It matters what comes with your diploma – if it comes with conscientiousness and hard work, if it come with motivation and integrity,” he said. “Your diploma from Richmond Community College can take you further than a diploma from any other school on the planet. But it’s up to you to go out there and change the world with your education from Richmond Community College.”

RCC Student Government Association President Ebony Wilder challenged her fellow students to keep growing and learning after graduation.

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College

“Today we celebrate a wonderful achievement for so many deserving people. You have put your all into your education making sure graduation was your ultimate goal, and here today, all of you have achieved that. As you walk across the stage, know that this is not the end but the beginning of a new era that you are writing in your life,” Student Government Association President Ebony Wilder said. “Whatever the challenge, you have the skills to achieve anything you can imagine. So celebrate your success today and prepare for the joys to come.”

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis, left, and commencement address speaker Barry Saunders.

Photo courtesy Richmond Community College
RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis, left, and commencement address speaker Barry Saunders.

Honors lists

The President’s and Dean’s Lists for spring 2013 at Richmond Community College have been released. To be named to the President’s List a student must maintain a 4.0 grade point average while carrying 12 or more credit hours. To be named to the Dean’s List a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 with no letter grade below a “B” while carrying 12 or more credit hours.

Richmond County resident named to the President’s List are:

 

Tonya Albert
Erika Anderson
Katelynn Arner
Donald Auman
Matthew Baldwin
Carroll Blakely
Stuart Bridges
Audrey Brooks
Rebecca Cagle
Katina Davis
Thurman Davis
Kenya Drake
Brittany English
Omar Fahmy
Janel Gordon
Danielle Guimaraes
Tristan Harris
Jamie Herring
Olivia Hughes
Sandra Huneycutt
Peyton Hunt-Carter
Amanda Kohl
Mary Lampley
Matthew Lill
Michael Little
Apprile Mabe
James McCoy
Karen McIntyre
Kasey McLaughlin
Christi Miles
Stephanie Powell
Harold Quick
Melissa Rainwater
Rebecca Rainwater
Tammy Ramirez
Raine Riley
Daniel Rimer
Hannah Roberts
Michael Sale
Yoshamin Sedano
Katherine Shaw
Shayla Smith
Sarah Sweatt
Jennifer Taylor
Jennifer Taylor
Melody Terry
Ricardo Versiani
Timothy Walker
Brittany Wall
Brenda Warden
Emily Wescott
Laeisha Williams
George Yandle

 
Richmond County residents named to the Dean’s List are:

 

Charles Allen
Ola Ashford
Jeremy Bailey
Tiffany Baldwin
Miranda Baucom
Meagan Bellamy
Joshua Biddix
John Bowen
Justin Brewington
Ronald Brigman
Jacqueline Brown
Matthew Brown
Teressa Brown
Kristi Burr
Brooklyn Callahan
Meghan Carriker
Cynthia Carrillo
Denita Cauley
Bobbie Chambers
Grant Colden
Kayleesha Conley
Wendy Coppage
Ashley Covington
Devonte Covington
Jovan Covington
Mark Covington
Natalie Covington
Tiffany Covington
Jason Dailey
Amber David
Trudy Davis
Killian Dawkins
Naomi Dennis
John Dunlap
Benn Dunn
Amanda Evans
Chris Farrell
Ashley Fields
Candace Floyd
Tonya Freeman
Shawnqwillerie Galbreath
Jeremy Gallimore
Stefanie Goins
Ciara Golden
Joshua Golden
David Green
Elton Hair
Wanda Hair
Sharon Harris
Heather Helms
Deborah Herberg
Samuel Hilton
Ashley Hogan
Courtney Holmes
Whitney Horne
Linda Houle-Stopp
Tyson Howlett
Michael Ingram
Rachel Jacobs
Sarah Jacobs
Kory Jasper
Dalton Johnson
Deborah Jordan
Tania Juarez
Benjamin Kingsbury
Chyna Kitt
Micah Kohl
Heather Laflamme
Shari Lasisi
Shavier Leak
Kylie Lewis
Gretchen Lindow
Heather Long
Heath Love
Ronald Mayo
Carol McBride
Shelby McCormick
Diane McDonald
Jessica McDonald
Ruth McLester
Bradley McPherson
Melodie McSwain
Melanie Meacham
Meagan Mullen
Brittanee Mustipher-Moore
Rebecca Myers
Richard Newton
Jordin Norton
Kelly Parker
Mary Parker
Brittney Parrish
Deanna Parrish
Miles Pattan
Nanette Patterson
Christine Perakis
Ashlie Pinto
Jeffrey Pratt
Patricia Pressley
Jonathan Purvis
Jeremy Rankin
Darius Ratliff
Amanda Reynolds
Arletha Rivers
Antoney Robinson
Hanna Rodriguez
Jessica Rose
Diamond Sargent
Lena Sellars
Rebekah Sellars
Stewart Shelly
Brayana Short
Corey Smith
Michael Smith
Samuel Smith
Stephanie Smith
Jon Snead
Rebecca Sparks
Amber Spencer
Hailey Stafford
Levy Steele
Ashley Stubbs
Kelsey Sullivan
Kenneth Sullivan
Cassie Swink
Quinton Swinney
Gabrielle Taunton
Kimberly Taylor
Ryan Taylor
Johnathon Todd
Zachary Walker
Ebony Watkins
Jeron Watkins
April Whitley
Angela Williams
Sherry Williams
Weston Wilson
Kaitlyn Yates
Brianna Zamarripa

 

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