Northeast Alabama Community College’s 51st graduation ceremony will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Northeast Alabama AgriBusiness Center on Highway 75 in Rainsville.
"Graduation is the highlight of the year for us," stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. "Completing their programs is what our students have worked toward, and it is so rewarding for our faculty and staff to see students reach this level of achievement.”
While far more students graduate with associate degrees from Northeast each year, this year over 197 will participate in the graduation ceremony. Another 62 graduates (including Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017) not participating will receive diplomas. Many of these Northeast graduates have or will transfer to universities to further their education and work toward obtaining higher degrees while others will go on to immediately begin work, make higher salaries, and advance in their careers.
Not only will graduates receive their diplomas on this special evening, but the college’s outstanding students and faculty member will be recognized as well. The All Alabama Academic Team Members and the President’s Cup Recipient will be recognized, as well as the recipient of the Dr. Charles M. Pendley Founders’ Chair Award. The NACC Chorus and Concert Band will perform.
The keynote speaker this year is Alabama State Senator Steve Livingston. Steve is the owner and manager of The Fuel Center, Inc., a distributor of Chevron Gasoline and Lubricants. He has been in the gasoline business in Jackson County for more than 25 years. He is a 1974 graduate of Scottsboro High School and a 1978 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Steve has distinguished himself as a servant of his community for many years. He is a long time member of the Scottsboro Rotary Club and has served as President of the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of Leadership Jackson County and a member of Leadership Alabama Class 10. Steve has also served on the Boards of the United Way and Boy Scouts of America.
Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of the FNB Bank of Scottsboro and the Leadership Alabama Regional Council.
Steve is a member of First United Methodist Church and has served as Chairman of the Trustees. He has two children – both are graduates of the Scottsboro City School system and Auburn University. His daughter Laura Ann and son-in-law Drew Mims are the proud parents of three children: Parker, twin sons Cooper and Jackson. His son Jager lives in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and works with Exxon-Mobil at the Baytown Refinery.
Steve’s marriage to the former Sandra Steele expanded his family significantly, which included two daughters Chris (Denver) McGarey of Cooperstown, New York, who have four children, and Amy (Zach) Frakes of Huntsville, who have two children.
Steve was elected to the Alabama State Senate in November 2014 representing Senate District 8. District 8 includes DeKalb, Jackson, Eastern Madison and parts of South Huntsville.
Steve serves on the following committees:
Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
Veterans and Military Affairs
Transportation and Energy
Finance and Taxation- General Fund
In addition, Steve has been appointed to the following joint committees:
Interim Finances and Budget
Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement Officers, Joint Legislative Committee
Forest Study Committee
Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy
Joint Legislative Committee on Water Policy and Management
This graduation ceremony is open to the public. All families and friends of Northeast graduates are invited and encouraged to attend this event. “Our college personnel put much work and effort into the graduation ceremony, and it is really a spectacular event to see,” added President Campbell. “We encourage everyone to attend.”
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