Northeast Alabama Community College held its 51st Commencement Ceremony on recently at the Northeast Alabama AgriBusiness Center in Rainsville. In all, 194 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 very pleased to have each one of you here tonight as we honor these graduates of the class of 2017. There is nothing more important to us at Northeast than to see our students succeed. Tonight’s graduation is a celebration of these students and their success. We share in their joy and happiness. Our students come from different backgrounds and have had many different life experiences. The paths they have followed to receive their diplomas vary. But, they all have shared a determination to obtain their degree. That same determination, along with their skills and abilities and support from you are the main ingredients that will lead to future success for them. We at Northeast are proud that we have helped them along on their journey. We are confident that their experience here will serve as the gateway to many more opportunities for them in the future. On behalf of the graduates, our faculty and staff, I want to thank the family members and friends who are in the audience tonight. We all need help and encouragement and you have provided this for these graduates.”
The keynote speaker was The Honorable Steve Livingston, Alabama State Senator. He acknowledged President Campbell, board members, faculty, and parents in addition to the graduates. “Thank you so much for the opportunity to share such a special day with you,” he said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at your graduation. It seems like yesterday I was attending my graduation at Scottsboro High School. Strangely, the one thing I can’t remember about my graduation day is what the commencement speaker had to say.”
Senator Livingston stated that, “Probably one of the most difficult speeches to prepare, you know, is a commencement speech. My thoughts have gone round and round about what I can say that is equal to how special this day is for each and every one of you.”
He addressed the families of the graduates. “Thank you for all you’ve done to help these graduates reach this day. For many of you this means a new chapter in your life as well. Your graduate is moving on, and you can take great pride in knowing you helped get them here. To the staff and administration at NACC, thank you for giving of yourselves as well to further these students’ education.”
To the graduates Senator Livingston added, “We are gathered here to celebrate your long educational journey and the hard work that it took to get you here. But, I have some bad news for you. Your journey is just beginning. While these past years may have seemed to drag by, trust me, the next ten years will come and go faster than you can blink your eyes. Your learning is just beginning, too.”
Senator Livingston serves Senate District 8, which includes DeKalb, Jackson, and eastern Madison counties, as well as parts of south Huntsville.
During the ceremony, Adam Niblett, Mathematics Instructor, was awarded the Charles M. Pendley Founder’s Chair Most Outstanding Faculty Member Award for 2016-2017. Ms. Lora Mae Davis, chair of the Founder’s Chair Committee, presented the award to Niblett.
Dean of Student Services, Sherie Grace, recognized Katelyn Poe and Danielle Jordi, the All-Alabama/All USA Academic Team Members.
Nicky Willmon, chair of the President’s Cup Committee, presented the President’s Cup, the top student award, to Katelyn Poe.
Music for the event was provided by the Northeast Chorus under the Direction of Dr. Kathy Adkins, Director of the NACC Chorus, and the NACC Concert Band under the direction of Stacy Morris.
Presentation of Colors was performed by the Fort Payne High School JROTC.
“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 included:
ALBERTVILLE: Barbara Blake, Whitney Jo McClendon, Amber Jean Reyes;
BOAZ: Briana Dawn White;
BRIDGEPORT: Danielle Nicole Jordi, Kelsea Kirk, Erin Elizabeth Sandifer, Daniel Curtis Stewart;
BRYANT: Emily Morgan Holman, Cassidy Romans, Lacey Christine Romans, Arielle Lashae Spencer;
COLLINSVILLE: Jesica Diaz Barrientos;
CROSSVILLE: Brandon Alan Card, Catarina Juan, Alexander Scott Kellett, Christina Garcia Pena, Kyleigh Wright;
DAWSON: Katelyn Bradley;
DUTTON: Miranda Baker, Jacey Nicole Gilbert, Samuel Lucas Hughes, Stanley C. Reeves, Addison Roach, Joan Roberts;
FLAT ROCK: Stephanie Marie Robinson Carroll, Ashley Chance, Cady Michaels, Michaelea Anne Pass, Coleby Lyle Pendergrass, Breanna Poore, Daley Wilks, Kacy Wooten;
FORT PAYNE: Katherine Anne Barfield, Mariana Bautista, Ashley Nicole Bell, Emma Marie Betz, Dallas James Blansit, Shelby Claire Bledsoe, Amanda Rochelle Floyd Bryant, Kimberly Casey, Abby Elizabeth Cruse, Talisha Dalton, Austin Thomas Evans, Mary Flannigan, Kamarie Anne Frasier, Leighanna Gonzalez, Molley Graham, Carlie Guinn, Ryan B. Hilyer, Charman Howell, Cassidy Keel, Marylla Lane, Yaritzia Abilen Martinez, Jacob L. Mason, Breanna Munoz, Jordan Diann Pendergrass, Jeremy S. Reed, Aaron Esau Rivera, Sarah Scott, Andrew Chase Shankles, Lindsay Elayne Slater, Felina R. Smith, Chasity Twilley, Savannah Anne Ulmer, Clay Elliott Varner Jr., Bunny Villanueva, Marysa Lillian Wigley, Jeremy Austin Wilson, Logan Forrest Wright;
FYFFE: Bartolome Diego, Veronica Manuel Gaspar, Boyd Graben, Casey Hall, Jenny Lasseter, Tracy Lawerence, Joshua Trey Otting;
GADSDEN: David Pedro;
GERALDINE: Patricia Ann Cash, John Will Martin, Anthony Jed Richey;
GRANT: Ana-Lee Elizabeth Beard, Caroline Grace Franks, Colleen Renee Franks, Kaleb Hunter O’Neal;
GROVE OAK: Ashley Suzanne Jones;
GUNTERSVILLE: Klinton L. Banther;
HARVEST: Trena Diann Goree;
HENAGAR: Ariana Rae Beard, Amber Lorraine Heath, Amber Nicole Rice, Heather Elayne Wilga, Jennifer Brooks Wright;
HIGDON: Joyce Annette Paschal;
HOLLYWOOD: Thomas R. Helton, Anna Louise Wilson;
HUNTSVILLE: Skylar Montgomery Blair;
IDER: Rebecca Lee Blizzard, Kayla Garner, Chastity Nichole Leiderman, Ollie Ann Vaughn, Michael Warner;
LEESBURG: Lacey Dollar;
MENTONE: Duane Blalock;
MERIDIANVILLE: William E. Hudson;
NEW MARKET: Stacie Nicole Clark;
OWENS CROSSROADS: Hannah Graves;
PAINT ROCK: Tiffany Dawn Isbell;
PISGAH: Kari Hope Brown, JacobTaylor Everett, Rachel Dianna Overdear, Teri Lynn Skinner, Kimberly York;
RAINSVILLE: Abbigail Zoe Brock, Joshua Eric Chapman, Kyle Matthew Crowell, Isaiah B. Cuzzort, Dakota Davis, Casey M. Dollar, Donna Marie Gifford, Leah D. Hitchcock-Davis, Sabrina Ann Hosea, Mikala Hughes, Robin Wynn Jordan, Kayla Martin, Paige Marie McGullion, Andrea Alberto Melchiorre, April Patterson, Jamie Lynn Phillips, Brandon Andrew Pike, Katelyn Marie Poe, Zurely Jaidith Roys Quintero, Erica Danielle Scott, Brandy Smith, Justin B. Tinsley, Austin Trucks, Cynthia Michelle Weldon, John Quaid Westmoreland, Kayla Ann Wilborn, Tracy Womack;
RISING FAWN, GA: Jhon O’Neal Shavers;
SCOTTSBORO: Amber Hall Baker, Caitlin Grace Perry Barron, Kelly Ann Berrong, Ashlyn Paige Evans, Clint Ellett Guffey, Daniel Guinn, Gavin Rylee Hancock, Jamie Lynn Hopper, Nathaniel Humphries, Natalie Kay Whitt Jordan, Trace Lee Kornegay, Skyler Ledwell, Hunter Lewis, Jesse Elizabeth Matthews, Mary LeeAnn Nichols, Jazmin Nolasco Ortega, Danny J. Parrish, Sharon Selvage Pendergrass, Brandi R. Pike, Shalesha Carol Robertson, Delondra Nikka Robinson, Shayla Rae Rodgers, Christie Rebina Herrera Rusidoff, Kelsie Stinson, Heather Elizabeth Talley, William Andrew Wadkins, Torrie Chea Ward;
SECTION: Anisa Nicole Golden, Melissa Kate Harris, Kristen Danielle Lee, Brooke Chantal Martinez, Kimberly H. Parker, Christopher Lee Scott, Robert B. Stockman, Cynthia Dannette Thompson, Makayla Anne Venable;
STEVENSON: Jayla Genae Brewster, Cameron Trent Chisenall, Rosie Rene Farmer, James Guy Summers, Ashia Ta’Mia Wordlaw;
SYLVANIA: Hunter Lamar Furgerson, Alissa Sharae Tilley, Lucas D. Wooten, Dakotah Rey Wright;
TRENTON, GA: Sarah Emily Bone, Kesha Nichole Mabry;
VALLEY HEAD: Sherry P. Barkley, Hannah Skye Blansit;
WETUMPKA: Kaelin Elizabeth Navarrete;
WOODVILLE: Taylor L. Clark, Kendra Nicole Osmer, Katelyn Miranda Teague.
An additional 65 graduates, not participating in the ceremony, received 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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