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RCC awards 664 degrees

On May 10, at Rappahannock Community College’s 41st commencement ceremony in Warsaw, college officials bestowed 664 degrees and certificates on the 505 members of the Class of 2013.

Both of these numbers considerably exceed the records set at commencement in 2012. As in previous years, they include students who completed their graduation requirements at the end of the summer and fall 2012 semesters, as well as those who have just completed the spring semester.

Among the credentials awarded were Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees in Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Psychology/Social Worker; and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Business Management, General Engineering: Electronics, General Engineering: Industrial Electricity, Nursing, and Protective Services Technology/Administration of Justice. One-year certificate programs included Administrative Support, Accounting, General Education, Law Enforcement, and Practical Nursing. Career studies certificates were awarded in Administrative Professional, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Culinary Arts, Electrician, Emergency Medical Services, Heating and Air Conditioning, Human Services, Industrial Electricity/Electronics, Leadership in Organizations, Legal Assisting, Medical Coding and Billing Specialist, Microcomputer Applications, Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, and Web Design.

New for this year were the Governor’s Scholar medallions, honoring nine students in RCC’s dual enrollment program who completed an associate degree, a one-year certificate in General Education, or both, before graduating from high school. In addition, the ceremony recognized 42 graduates of RCC’s Adult Education and Middle College programs, who received high school diplomas or GED certificates.

Eight members of the Class of 2013 were called to the podium by College Board chair Gerald Roane to receive medallions recognizing them for graduating summa cum laude (with the highest honor), a distinction awarded only to those maintaining a grade-point average of 3.8 or better. These were: Charlotte Bundy, Leira Carreon, Amanda DiSpirito, Meagan Gay, Alexandra Lyth, Kirsten Minor, Samantha Umphlette and Alexandra Wright.

Also graduating summa cum laude were Susan Baldwin, Nancy Baughan, Lindsay Beale, Kristina Blevins, Joshua Divine, Shelley Flickinger, Bryan Garrison, Joseph Glascock, Holly Jackson, Daniel Jenkins, Randall Kenoyer, Winona Pearson, Brian Pemberton, Rachel Pollard, Alexander Ross, Debra Skirvin, Albert Smith, Ronald Smith, Bernadene Stammer, David Stevens, Leah Therrien and José Yac. These graduates were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony.

Middlesex County residents among graduates included: Heather Ashe, Alexis Beverley, Meagan Brown, Riki Brumley¹, Robin Burford, Erica Campbell, Bland Coker, Brooke Coleᴮ, Christina Coleman, Samantha Creasy, Rachel Crews, Monica Croxton, Matthew Dixon, Susan Dunaway, John Eanes, Lindsay Edwards, Catharine Fowle+, Lindsey Gaskins¹, Sarah Goodrich, Lois Gray, Ethan Halberg¹, Donnie Harrell¹, Jon Hatton, Justice Hill, Jennifer Hogge¹, Latara Jackson, Brooklyn Jarratt, Elisha Johnson, Leslie Krom, Megan Lindsey, Mary Olson¹*, Danielle Ott, Amber Paniagua³, Ryan Payne², Raquel Pierce¹, Trevor Pultz, Stephanie Rivera², Tanesha Scott, Caitlyn Sibley²*, Courtney Sibley²*, Jonathan Stewart, Leah Therrien³*, Erika Turley, JaLisa Waller²*, Emily Walton, Jordan Walton, Olivia Wilder²*, Melissa Williams¹, Tiffany Willis, Carrie Worden*, James Yarrington Jr. and Courtney Zedek.

¹cum laude—requires a grade-point average of 3.2 to 3.49.

²magna cum laude—requires a grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.79.

³summa cum laude—requires a grade-point average of 3.8 or above.

*Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

+Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

ᴳCareer Studies Certificate: Gold.

ˢCareer Studies Certificate: Silver.

ᴮCareer Studies Certificate: Bronze.

posted 06.26.2013

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