SCC Spring 2019 High School Equivalency Graduation Commencement Ceremony

SCC Spring 2019 High School Equivalency Graduation Commencement Ceremony

October 11, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


♪ “Pomp and Circumstance” played on piano ♪ ♪ ♪♪ You may be seated. [Forrest Lineberry:] Hello and good evening. My name is Forrest Lineberry and I’m the director of College and Career Readiness.
Welcome to Surry Community College’s thirtieth High School Equivalency Adult High School graduation. Thank you for coming out tonight to celebrate the graduating class of 2019. At this time let’s give our graduates a big round of applause. [ Audience applauds ]
[ Audience cheers ] The high-school equivalency is awarded
by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges and is obtained by completing
five tests which are math, social studies, science, writing, reading. The instruction
is is aligned with the North Carolina content standards. The adult high school diploma is awarded by the state of North Carolina and is obtained by the number
of credits in specified courses adopted by the State Board of Education as
requirements for graduation from the public high school. This year we have 84 graduates. Another round of applause. [ Audience applauds ] Seventy-nine those graduates got a high
school equivalency and five of those graduates obtain the the adult high
school diploma. At this time with all the faculty and staff please stand and be recognized. [ Audience applauds ] We certainly cannot do this with all your support. At this time will all the graduates here tonight that are going to
continue their education either through curriculum or corporate
continuing education, please stand. [ Audience applauds ]
[ Audience cheers ] Okay at this time with other graduates
that’s going into the workforce, currently employed in the workforce, or
being listed in the military service please stand and be recognized. [ Audience applauds ]
[ Audience cheers ] You may be seated. Also, we have a board member
here tonight from the Surry Community College Board and it is Mr. Jim Lewis.
Mr. Lewis would you stand and be recognized. [ Audience applauds ] I would like to share with
you some quotes from Maya Angelou a famous American poet and I quote “Open your eyes to the beauty around you. Open your mind to the wonders of life. Open your heart to those who love you and always be true to yourself. You may encounter many defeats, but you will not be defeated. Please remember, that your
difficulties do not define you they simply strengthen your ability to
overcome. On behalf of the faculty and staff we are so very proud of each and
every one of you we hope that you will continue your education at Surry
Community College. Congratulations and keep moving forward. [ Audience applauds ] We will now begin tonight’s ceremony
with invocation by Courtney Jackson and one of our instructors Courtney good
evening let us pray thank you Lord for this
beautiful day and the privilege to gather here to celebrate this tremendous
accomplishment thank you for Surry Community College
and the administrators who led with vision for the future needs of students
and the local employers and workforce thank you for instructors who poured
their hearts and imaginations into those students success thank you for the
families and friends who supported and encouraged students while they
prioritize their education and lastly thank you for the students who have
worked diligently and the success you have given them in Jesus name Amen at this time I like to present dr.
George satin field vice president of corporate and continue
education he will introduce our commencement speaker for tonight’s
ceremony dr. Sefton field good evening it’s quite an honor to be here because
you have done us all extremely proud also I’m honored to introduce our
commencement speaker for tonight Sabrina Terry Sabrina currently serves
as the Dean of Student Services here at Surry Community College and Sabrina has
worked in the field of Student Services for the past actually since 2002 even
though she doesn’t look that old and those first 10 of those years were in
Virginia Community College System before she moved to North Carolina Community
College System Sabrina is a product of community colleges having earned an
associate degree in education from Virginia Highlands Community College she
continued her studies as a transfer student and earned an undergraduate
degree in communications from Old Dominion University and a graduate
degree in higher education administration with a specialization in
enrollment management from Capella University in her free time which is not
a whole lot Sabrina’s enjoy spending time with her
husband and her three sons ages eighteen sixteen and twelve we are very honored
to have Sabrina be speaking to us tonight Thank You dr. salmon field I
actually I think that was supposed to say I was born in 2002 not worked in the
field since 2002 and I actually had a child that was born in 2002 so I’m
honored to be here this evening to have this opportunity to celebrate this
special moment with you and your loved ones I’m gonna share a story that I hope
will help not only add to those feelings of your accomplishments tonight but I
hope you’ll also be inspired to either continue education or do something that
you really love because that’s really what we all strive for right we want to
do something that we love we want to go to work everyday and love what we’re
doing and so that it doesn’t really feel like work I’m lucky enough to to be in
that position so I want to share a story a personal story of perseverance with
you I grew up in a middle-class household where education was valued and
college was an expectation my mother’s side of the family was full of educators
both college professors and high school teachers I grew up playing school on a
daily basis and always dreamed of being a teacher in fact in kindergarten I
would get in trouble because I would go and turn the lights off and say folks
you need to be quiet and then my teacher would come in and say Sabrina you need
to take a seat okay I competed for the spot of teacher’s pet but then as a
preteen my parents divorced and my life changed dress
Stickley I had a lot of freedom because I was living with my mother and she
worked three different jobs and my father was living in a different area so
I had a lot of freedom just to go out and have fun and hang out with friends
and of course instead of worrying about my academics I was more worried about
who I was going to you know go out on a date with next so it was then that I met
a boy that had graduated from high school I was still in high school but
this individual had already graduated from high school and he had his own car
so like every girl in high school you know if you meet a boy that’s already
graduated from high school and he has his own car you I mean your life is made
right that is like your life goals right there so I was head over heels in love
with this person just because basically he was already out of high school and
had a car so you guessed it the summer before my senior of senior year of high
school I became pregnant with my first child I was terrified to tell my parents
so I had my school counselor help me communicate that information to them
because I just couldn’t think about having to face them and and tell them
that their child who basically had always been a teacher’s pet and a peer
counselor to other students was now pregnant it was the first time I ever
saw my dad cry and in anger he kicked me out of the house I was 17 years old at
the time so that 19 year old boy and I rented a
small house and applied for welfare benefits I didn’t even know what welfare
was because I was lucky enough to have been raised in an environment where we
were always taken care of so I really didn’t know that welfare was even out
there and was an option for me so in the meantime I received high school
instruction at home during my first semester of my senior year and then by
my final semester we moved out of state life was no longer about myself and my
education it was about being able to support our newborn child so we had to
move where the jobs were I’m from West Virginia and so we moved from West
Virginia to the big state of Virginia and that is where the jobs were that’s
where my grandparents were and they were very supportive so we had
to make the move to Virginia but when I came to Virginia I wanted to go back to
high school for that second semester just to finish up and I found out that
the state of Virginia wanted me to take an additional physical education course
this girl didn’t want to do that so I really let that physical education
course stop my education right then and there you know at 18 years old all
you’re thinking about is what is happening right then and there right
you’re not thinking about you know even really two months into the future or a
year into the future I have an 18 year old and he changes his mind every day
about what he’s doing so you know we don’t really think much ahead to the
future so at this time that PE class was a huge barrier for me it meant that I
would have to leave my house and go to school and you know at least take this
physical education course and I didn’t want to have to do that so I decided to
hold off on my education I went to work in a fast-food restaurant I actually
really loved working in that environment because it was fast paced and I could be
around people but I knew I couldn’t sustain that work forever nor did I want
to work in a place where I was always going to have to work holidays and be
away from my family so I decided on a whim just to go and take my GED exam
again I was very naive I had no clue what a GED even was my grandfather who
had was a college professor told me that I needed to try to go on and complete my
GED so to my surprise I just showed up at this you know school took the test
and found out a few weeks later that I passed but this time I found out I was
pregnant with my second child and that boy with the car he was gone and with
him he took every ounce of my pride and self-esteem
after being physically and emotionally emotionally abused for years I was left
with little to no self-esteem and didn’t feel like I had any worth I was at my
lowest and I was also embarrassed to be in such an unfortunate position I
decided not to tell anyone about my pregnancy I didn’t tell my family I
didn’t tell my friends I didn’t tell my co-workers and
I decided during that time that I would try to take classes at a local Community
College I walked into the Office of Student Services and inquired about
taking summer classes one of the ladies who I actually ended up working for
later was not very nice when I asked her if
she had received my transcripts and I wanted to know if I could take summer
classes she just kind of brushed me off and I felt as though maybe this wasn’t
my time and I was ready to walk out the door on my way out a friendly gentleman
came up to me and he was very energetic and he said are you gonna take summer
classes with us and I said well I want to but I don’t think I’m gonna have the
financial aid to do that and he said no I’m gonna take care of it you can start
summer classes and summer classes were just getting ready to start in a couple
of weeks so you know at this point I know really nothing about Community
College I know nothing about you know how long it takes for financial aid to
process but little did I know this gentleman was the Dean of Student
Services and was very passionate about helping students and he could make
things happen so I enrolled full-time that summer and started working in the
Office of Student Services as a work-study student I didn’t even know
how to operate a fax machine or a copier I really didn’t know to do much more
than play Oregon Trail on the computer but I did my best and I pretended as
though I could learn those skills quickly and and it worked for me so I
then enrolled as a full-time student for the fall semester during that semester I
decided to take anatomy and physiology because I thought that going into the
healthcare field would be a great plan because of the money you know all of my
life I wanted to be a teacher but then decided because of money I want to go
into the health field well that class was tough I wasn’t
interested in the material and I knew at that point that the medical field was
not for me I gave birth to my second child in the middle of that semester I
remember and remember that nobody knew I was pregnant at the time okay so I had
been going to work going to school this entire time nobody knew I was pregnant I
gave birth to my son on a Thursday and went back to work on a Monday
in school I went back to work in school on Monday I was determined and I was
driven to make sure that I completed my education so that I could take better
care of my children the office staff couldn’t believe that I had hidden my
pregnancy and supported me and made me realize my words they didn’t judge me
they were there to support me in exactly two years I graduated from the local
Community College and transferred to a four-year school I was blessed to be
able to keep my job as a part-time employee at the Community College and
then I knew that I wanted to continue my career in a community college setting so
I obtained full-time employment at another Community College and during
that time attained my bachelor’s degree through an on-site university I did work
full-time and I also attended college full time with two small boys and
another one on the way so okay this is the last one okay this
is I only have three although my husband who I also met at this Community College
so you can find love at a community college – you we were both ecstatic to
be pregnant but I thought you know here’s just another challenge that I’m
going to have to overcome because it seems like nothing can ever go easy for
me you know I’m working on something everything’s going great and then BAM
here’s another life event that happens so I chose to persevere and continue on
with the attainment of my four-year degree and then I thought why stop now
so I took one class at a time to complete my master’s degree during that
time I lost three close family members in a domestic violence tragedy but I
chose to persevere I lost my grandmother my cousin in my aunt and I chose to
persevere and continue on so I now have the self-esteem to understand my Worth
and it felt really really good so now I am blessed to be able to serve as the
dean of students here at Surry Community College and help students just like you
overcome barriers and challenges that you face I strive to be just like that
dean of students that pushed me to take a leap of faith that leap of faith
humbled me and made me realize that education really does change lives
I hope my story has resonate with you and encouraged each of you to
consider furthering your education or as I said doing something you really loved
in life you have undoubtedly dealt with adversity and challenges in your life
and you’ll continue to face those same challenges and barriers as you go
through your life but you obviously have risen above those and you’re here today
and you’ve accomplished a lot and I hope that you’ll use this as a stepping stone
to get where you want to be so when it seems that life is against you know that
you have people who want you to succeed and when life becomes overwhelming
remember this quote by Walter Elliot perseverance is not a long race it is
many short races one after another thank you and congratulations good evening my name is Jennifer Perdue
and it’s my honor as chief high school equivalency examiner to present this
year’s scholarship recipients first I want to congratulate the graduates on
receiving their high school equivalency or adult high school diploma I’m very
proud of each and every one of you it has been my pleasure to work with you
and I hope you keep in touch in the future so our goal in the program is of
course to prepare our students for the high school equivalency exam but also to
prepare our students for college and the workforce so many of our graduates are
currently enrolled in either our short-term training programs through
corporate and continuing education or are seeking a degree through curriculum
programs among those that have transitioned into post-secondary
education at Surry our three students who have received scholarship funding to
assist their continued education our first scholarship recipient is not in
attendance tonight but we would like to publicly announce his award
cade Tiger has been awarded the Libby Mei scholarship and he has enrolled in
CNA one class beginning in July so let’s give him a round of applause our next recipient has been awarded the
Esther McMillan scholarship and has enrolled in the EMT Basic Program
beginning in July please join me in congratulating Amy
Lynn Magee the final graduate to receive a scholarship has been awarded the max
Blackburn scholarship and has enrolled in the early childhood education program
to pursue employment in this area please join me in congratulating Alicia bird
testerman faculty and staff of the college and
career readiness program would like to thank the Surry Community College
Foundation and supporters who established these scholarships and now
the moment you’ve all been waiting for Surry Community College President dr.
David Shockley will present the diplomas and the director for slime Berry and ela
coordinator Rosa Torres we’ll announce the names thank you Samantha Adams Wesley Amato junior high
leap bass fiddle Sabrina Bollman Connie breaker like them
/ shet Christina Caudill Marvin cook Michelle Reed Haley France Scott Hardy jr. Quinton Hatcher Jonathan
Oakes Navin hunter Josiah Jarvis Samantha King Charlie Luallen amber lettin a me Maggie Jacqueline nyira Emma Pacino Nisa Perry Kaitlyn pits rain that Pruett adult high school
Alexandra Revis Hannah rich cloudy at Romero Qadir Oriole Julie Zambrano Dudek see Sanchez Kimberly sales Marissa shoe adult high
school amber may snow Sarah Southard adult high
school Ashton Swain my Dixon Vegas Alicia bird testerman Andrew Walker Morgan Wilson Carly York Martha Zuniga Calderon as our graduates are being seated I
would like to offer my congratulations to each and every one of you for this
achievement and this milestone achievement in your life and it’s
something I know that you’ve worked very hard for that you’ve had a lot of
support from your family and friends as you can see here tonight and for the
support and the joy and the calling your name and cheering I hope that that makes
you feel the pride and the specialness that you truly are in the unique
individual that you are and to always continue and seek after educational
opportunities in your life to expand your knowledge to expand your cognitive
thinking and to expand the way that you look at this life and the world around
you so congratulations now graduates we have one more order of business so if
you could please stand if you could grab the tassel but do not turn it yet by the
power invested in me by the state of North Carolina and the North Carolina
State Board of community colleges I do pronounce upon you all the rights
privileges and honors bestowed upon you as being a high school graduate of Surry
Community College graduates you can turn the tassels ladies and gentlemen I wish
to graduate and recognize you