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SCC Celebrates May 2024 Graduates with 56th Commencement Ceremony


Surry Community College held its 56th commencement ceremony in the gymnatorium on the Dobson campus on May 11. The college had 637 graduates who earned a total of 422 degrees, 138 diplomas, and 310 certificates.

Associate in Applied Science degrees, one-year diplomas, and certificates were awarded to students who completed one of the college’s 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 the College Transfer Program.

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New graduates smile as they receive their degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the 56th Commencement Ceremony at Surry Community College on May 11.

Forrest Lineberry, SCC Vice President of Student Services, welcomed the audience and introduced SCC President Dr. David Shockley who gave the commencement address.

Dr. Shockley encouraged the graduates to be responsible in their life choices. In addition to noting that they had already made wise choices by furthering their education at Surry Community College, he commented, “Take responsibility of your choices and own them. Don’t allow others to take control of the responsible choices you make, and don’t be afraid to take the path less taken. Embrace the attitude of sacrifice and work, because anything worth having is worth work and sacrifice, and this will lead to ever changing choices that ultimately lead to peace and joy in life.”

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Dr. David Shockley, President of Surry Community College, presented the commencement address at the 56th Commencement Ceremony of Surry Community College on May 11.

Dr. Ashley Morrison, SCC Vice President of Instruction, presented the graduates to the audience. Dr. Shockley and Dr. Candace Holder, Senior Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs, presented degrees, diplomas and certificates to the 206 students who participated in the ceremony including fall, spring, and summer graduates. Summit Strings performed musical selections during the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, while families and friends responded with thunderous applause, students participated in the traditional “turning of the tassel” from the right side of their caps to the left to denote the earning of their degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

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 Fall classes begin Aug. 15.

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