Surry Community College held its 53rd commencement ceremony in the gymnatorium on the Dobson campus on May 15.
This spring, Surry had 455 graduates; 130 of which received honors for having a 3.5 GPA and higher. The college awarded 191 Associate in Applied Science degrees, 25 Associate in General Education degrees, 129 transfer degrees, 53 diplomas, and 222 certificates.
This year’s ceremony also included 2019-2020 graduates that wished to participate since their ceremony was canceled due to the COVD-19 pandemic.
The 2019-2020 academic year had 511 graduates; 157 of which received honors for having a 3.5 GPA and higher. The college awarded 201 Associate in Applied Science degrees, 18 Associate in General Education degrees, 213 transfer degrees, 42 diplomas, and 184 certificates.
Associate in Applied Science degrees, diplomas, or certificates were awarded to students who completed one of the career technology programs. Associate in General Education degrees were awarded to students who completed two years of education designed for academic enrichment and personal growth and development. Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees were awarded to students who completed a college transfer program.
Dr. David Shockley, Surry Community College President, gave the commencement address and presented degrees, diplomas and certificates to the 98 students who participated in the ceremony including fall, spring, and summer graduates for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Summit Strings performed musical selections during the ceremony.
Several students were recognized at the ceremony for receiving awards and recognitions.
Every spring, one student from each of the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System is recognized for excellence in academics. The North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award was presented to William Daniel Nance of Hamptonville who received the award in 2020. Thao Ly, formally of Dobson, was the 2021 recipient and was presented the award earlier in May since she was unable to attend graduation.
Each year a student that embodies Dr. Dallas Herring’s belief that community college should “take people where they are and carry them as far as they can go” is awarded the Dallas Herring Achievement Award by the North Carolina Community College System. Surry Community College’s nominee for 2020 was Edward Elliot of Mount Airy and for 2021 was Cameron Brown of State Road.
In 2004, the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents created the Governor Robert Scott Leadership award as a way to both recognize student leadership on a statewide level while also honoring former Governor Bob Scott. This award is given to one student by the North Carolina Community College System. SCC's nominee for 2020 was Sydney McKeaver of Siloam and in 2021 was Jennifer Hernandez of Mount Airy.
SCC is currently registering students for fall classes. If you have any questions about college application, financial aid, or career choices, contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 2, and classes start Aug. 16.
2019 2020 Graduates by Hometown
2020 2021 Graduates by Hometown
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