May 22, 2014


48th Commencement Ceremony Conducted

Northeast Alabama Community College held its 48th Commencement Ceremony on May 13 at the Northeast Alabama AgriBusiness Center in Rainsville. In all, 215 Northeast graduates received associate degrees in a ceremony attended by an estimated 4,500 guests.

Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC, welcomed everyone. He told the crowd, “We are pleased that you are here with us this evening. This is the 48th commencement ceremony that we have held at Northeast and tonight 215 students will receive their diplomas. We at Northeast take great pride in seeing these students graduate. They have worked hard and we are happy about their success. Indeed, these graduates have helped the college reach unparalleled heights in national recognition the past two years. Many organizations have named Northeast as one of the top community colleges in the US. These organizations include the Aspen Institute, CNN/Money,, and These honors are due greatly to our students. Thank you graduates. On behalf of the graduates and our staff, I also want to thank the family members and friends in the audience who have contributed to the success of our students. Whatever we undertake, we all need help along the way and you have provided this to our students. I know you will be especially proud to see these graduates on the stage this evening.”

The keynote speaker was Rev. Dorsey Walker. Throughout his career, Rev. Walker has been actively engaged in projects that have been of so much help to those in need in the area, whether it was working to provide housing for the homeless, producing food for those without enough to eat, or providing assistance to people devastated by the tragic storms that have hit this area. Through the years, Rev. Walker’s work has been a beacon of hope and light to so many who needed a helping hand. President Campbell stated to the graduates, “As you listen to Rev. Walker speak this evening, please be mindful of how you too can help others along your way and give to your community and he has done. Success can be measured in many different ways--helping others in need is one of the most important of these ways.”

Misty Chapman was awarded the Charles M. Pendley Founder’s Chair Most Outstanding Faculty Member Award for 2013-2014. Lora Mae Davis, Chair of the Founder’s Chair Committee, presented the award to Chapman.

Dean of Student Services, Sherie Grace, recognized Daniel Richey and Tomas Floyd Roberts, the All-Alabama Academic Team Members.

Nicky Willmon, chair of the President’s Cup Committee, presented the President’s Cup, the top student award, to Scott Ivey.

Music for the event was provided by the Northeast Chorus under the Direction of Dr. Kathy Adkins, Director of the NACC Chorus, and the Brass Quintet under the direction of Dr. Dan Knox, Director of the Jazz Band.

Presentation of Colors was performed by Staff Sergeant Kevin Holcomb and Sergeant James Whitehead.

“We try to make our graduation ceremony a very memorable event,” stated President Campbell. “Our students, with the help of their families and friends, have worked very hard to meet all the requirements to graduate. We are proud of each one of them for what they have accomplished.”

Graduates participating:

Albertville: Hannah Lang;

Boaz: Joseph Gray;

Brownsboro: Gregory Stickler;

Bryant: Alexis Whited, Charles Gilley, Kelsey Romans, Kaitlyn Romans, Shana White;

Cedar Bluff: Cathy Cole;

Collinsville: Yesenia Lopez, James Marenic, Cynthia Harris, Joseph Isler, Nancy Phillips, Timothy Smith, Jonita Tuck, Pamela Twilley;

Crossville: Angela Dingler, Crystal Pragit;

Dawson: Joseph Harris, Theresa Higgins;

Dutton: Samantha Stone, Tabitha Holladay, Wendy Arnold, Brittany Blizzard, Richard Hayes, Terry Moore;

Fackler: Michaela Matthews;

Fairhope: Amanda Roberts;

Flat Rock: Pamela Goolesby, Chadwick Hughes;

Fort Payne: Jonathan Hollmer, Rachell Johnson, Katherine Monroe, Madison Burt, Nereida Cruz, Makenzie Kramer, Sara McCullough, Daniel Miller, Umeka Stanton, Dusty Trotman, John Wells, Donna Arther, Karen Avila-Rosas, Sandra Baker, Leslie Beason, Jerome Carter, Juana Chuc, Anna Clifton, Rafael Cruz Jr., Jason Dobbs, Lorenza Francisco, Norma Goosby, Emily Gorham, Tricia Hedden, Shasta Kilgore, Paul King, Wilson Kuykendall, Cindy McKinney, Michael Mize, Brandy Moore, Joseph Ostgard, Tobin Phillips, Hilary Tidmore, Ashley Wells, Douglas Wells, Amelia Wills;

Fyffe: Jacob Cleveland, Pamela Gifford, Sinh Nguyen, Whitney Bates, Karen Caldwell, Sarah Dabbs, Mark Galloway, Elvia Lara, Nakista Mitchell, Crystal Powell, Megan Staggs;

Gadsden: Wesley Wilson;

Gaylesville: Dane Wood;

Geraldine: Daniel Richey;

Grove Oak: Sarah Calvert, Skylar Presley;

Guntersville: Marri Griffith, Brandon Kennedy;

Hampton Cove: Chloe Ball;

Henagar: Frances Lee, Sarah Wootten, John Clements, Ethan Hiett, Scott Ivey, Adam Brewer, Kayla Cunningham, Shunda Dalton, Deleigha Jones, Leslie Lacey, Jennifer Lewis, Brian Martin, Lakisha Myrick, Joshua Rowland, Margo Satterfield, Jessica Stevens, Shana Tankersley, Phyllis Venable, Tammie Williams;

Hollywood: Trisha Brown, Zackary Brown, Kelsie Teal;

Ider: Amber Byrum, Megan Bice, Vanessa Trotman, Pamela Blansit, Eddie Couch, Shelia Mattox, Tia Morton;

Joppa: Mikayla Hadley;

Killen: Kayla Harper;

Mentone: Ashton Jones, Jessica Corsentino, Katie Easley, Marvin Shrader, Michael Smith;

Paint Rock: Anthony Payton, Peatra Payton, Rhonda Payton;

Pisgah: Floyd Roberts, Christina Hendricks, Bridget Moore, Kayleigh Shirey;

Rainsville: Taylor Allison, Travis Knopps, Talon Crowell, Sandy Little, Hunter Payne, Hannah Terrell, Erica Wooten, Michael Young, Melissa Anderson, Tammie Bailey, Latricia Battise, Jessika Brown, Emily Centers, Jennifer Centers, Jon Clements, David Conrad, Debra Dobbins, Michelle Graham, Travis Greenleaf, Carissa Hawkins, Roger Maness, Myra Pleasant, Jennifer Portschell, Patricia Rinker, Carlie Robinson, Lynette Swain, Calvin Thomas, Tammy Todd, Jennifer Wells;

Scottsboro: Jeremy Cunningham, Dixie Gifford, Shannon Bradbury, Crimsynn Dean, Kayla Hurd, Kathryn Lambert, Anna Tidmore, Mallory Woodall, Shaina Arnold, Bernard Bates, Laurie Bates, Tyler Bell, Shonna Davis, John Graham, Heather Guffey, Sarah Harris, Tammy Lachance, Christina Mershon, Samantha Pence, Vanessa Potter, Melissa Qanadilo, Waneisa Sanford, Devan Selvage, Rebecca Wilbanks;

Section: Lauren Haynes, Taylor Haynes, Augusta McCarver, Sarah Dunn, Tara Hicks, Ciara Johnson, Leanne Taylor, Cia Thompson, Melissa Webb;

South Pittsburg, Tn: Jama Galovich;

Stevenson: Alexandria Smith, Katelyn Cline, Hannah Pitman;

Sylvania: John Bullock, Kyle Collier, Angela Mitchell, Crystal Parish;

Trenton, Ga: Justin Wright, Sarah Gilliam, Wesley Setser, Luchie Wooten;

Valley Head: Kendall Durham, Brenda Hernandez, Dennis Childers, Doreen Cushen, Callie Guffey, Ashley Hulgan, Jesse Jones, Matthew Shepherd;

Woodville: Shawana Clark, Staci Hoover, Bryce West, Whittney Hollingsworth, Megan Wilbanks.

An additional 140 graduates not participating in the ceremony were awarded degrees this spring.

Many of the graduates will join the workforce or transfer on to complete baccalaureate degrees at colleges and universities.

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2014 Graduates of Northeast Alabama Community College