Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in Robeson County. Many mothers will take pride in their children graduating from high school and college this month and next. Robeson Community College serves such a diverse population that many children will also take pride in watching their mothers graduate on Tuesday. Tuesday is the big day for curriculum graduation, but various departments on campus celebrated their students’ successes already.
Associate Degree Nursing and Respiratory Therapy programs celebrated with pinning ceremonies last week. The week before Radiography held its pinning ceremony and on the continuing education side, the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program graduated 12 students from the day academy.
BLET graduates Stephen P. Conner, Zachary R. Dowless, Ledger D. Hunt, Alexis T.E. Locklear, Aaron M. Lowry, Shonrell T. McKee, Zachery W. Moody, Rodney A. Nichols, Jr., Chuck A. Oxendine, Jr., Jalen O. Steele, Shella Y. Stephens, and Corey L. Wilson were recognized in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium. Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill delivered the invocation and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Scott delivered the commencement address. Training coordinator Burnis Wilkins presented Shella Stephens the Jeremiah M. Goodson Memorial Scholarship and instructor Erich Hackney presented Aaron Lowry the Erich Von Hackney BLET Incentive Scholarship.
The Radiography program pinned seven new radiologic technicians in the BB&T room of the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development building. Class representative James Michael Edwards gave the keynote address. Edwards also won the Academic/Clinical Achievement Award.
Tiffany McLellan won the Clinical Achievement Award. Other students pinned included Laken V. Britt, Nohemi E. Lopez, Gilford T. Murphy, Jennifer Overstreet, and Leslie G. Whited. Program Director Candice Ward noted that the entire class was named to the fall President’s Scholars or Academic Scholars list at the college and that of three graduates that have taken the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists National Certification Exam, all have passed. The others are expected to take the exam soon.
Robeson’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program held its 36th pinning ceremony in the A. D. Lewis Auditorium, where 21 new nurses were pinned. Dr. Ernest J. Grant, nursing education clinician at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, addressed the graduates. Paul Grimsley Jr. earned the Leadership Award. Jordan Lindsey Hunt earned the Academic Award and Kwesi Robinson earned the Clinical Award.
Other students pinned included Latasha Leann Brown, Chrystan Marie Cavanaugh, Callie Downs, Belinda Hunt, Cynthia Jones, Megan Suzanne Jones, Ashland Lynn Locklear, Faith Elizabeth Locklear, Jessica Locklear, Melinda Locklear, McKayla Lowery, Breeonna Leigh Lowry, Taylor Marie Lowry, Stefanie Anderson Norton, Geneva Dellareese Pridgen, Jamie Marie Singletary, Jennifer Taylor, and Courtney Rose Williams.
Finally, the 2017 Respiratory Therapy class pinned five new therapists in a ceremony in BB&T room. Clinical Director Daniel Miray addressed the class after a welcome by Program Director William Mashburn. Courtney Bledsoe, Alexis Bonnette, Kristen Deese, Rebecca Meyer, and Ashley Ray were pinned in this ceremony. Deese was recognized with the Academic Excellence Award and Bledsoe earned the Clinical Excellence Award.
You can find photos of these events at www.facebook.com/RobesonCommunityCollege . If you are interested in joining any of the graduates in a rewarding public service career, contact our admissions office at 910-272-3342 or visit www.robeson.edu/admissions for more information about how to do so. Summer classes begin on May 22 and now is the time for prospective students to apply for fall semester.
Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.