Alamance Community College awarded a total of 956 graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates on June 8 during a commencement ceremony held on the Elon University campus.
The ceremony honored two groups of graduates: 750 earning traditional degrees and certificates in curriculum programs, 169 earning High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET) and 37 earning Adult High School diplomas.
Fifty Alamance County high school students earned college credit credentials through Career and College Promise. CCP allows qualified high school students to take community college courses for free, following a specific pathway that can lead to college credits, certificates, and the Associate in Arts and/or Associate in Science degrees that are transferable to four-year institutions.
Among those 50 CCP graduates were 31 high school students earning Associate in Arts degrees with 60 or more college credits, allowing them to transfer with full junior class status. Completing 32 or more college credits, equal to a full year of college, were 19 high school students following the University Transfer Pathway. Earning certificates or diplomas in various career technical programs were 75 ABSS high school students.
Two ABSS students – Mary Elizabeth McCook (Culinary Arts) and Collin Avery Budrick (Systems Security concentration) – completed Associate in Applied Science degrees with the full 64 credits.
Dr. Richard “Dick” Fisher, longtime member of the ACC Board of Trustees, was honored as a Trustee Emeritus during the commencement ceremony (seen here with trustee chairman Bill Gomory and ACC President Algie Gatewood).
Commencement speaker was Dr. Aaron Noble, Jr., City of Burlington’s Director of Human Resources, and an alumnus of ACC with a degree in Business Computer Programming. Dr. Noble is also the recipient of the Alamance Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.