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ACC Honors 818 Graduates at First In-Person Commencement in Two Years

Dental Assisting graduates celebrated earning their credentials.

Above, Dental Assisting graduates celebrated earning their credentials.

(June 6, 2022) – Alamance Community College held its first in-person commencement exercises in two years on June 3, providing 818 graduates of curriculum and GED/Adult High School programs the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends at the ceremony held on the Elon University campus.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, commencement was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 as graduates watched from the comfort of their own homes. With health safety protocols relaxed nationwide, the Class of 2022 returned to a more traditional event.

ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood (left) congratulated each graduate as they crossed the stage to receive their degree or diploma.

Above, ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood (left) congratulated each graduate as they crossed the stage to receive their degree or diploma.

Commencement – By the Numbers

  • The College conferred degrees, diplomas and certificates on 726 curriculum students, 79 GED/HiSet, and 13 Adult High School for a total of 818 graduates overall.
  • 172 graduates received Honors and 140 earned High Honors among the total curriculum graduates.

103 High School Students Earned College Credentials

This number includes:

  • 68 high school students (Career and College Promise pathways and ABSS Early College) earned Associate in Arts degrees with 60 college credits — allows them to transfer with full Junior class status
  • 35 high school students earned certificates or diplomas in various career technical programs

Among other features of the ceremony:

NC State Senator Amy Galey delivered the commencement keynote address.

Above, NC State Senator Amy Galey delivered the commencement keynote address.

NC Senator Amy Galey, District 24, delivered the commencement address. The Alamance County native graduated from Western Alamance High School in 1985. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a law degree from the UNC School of Law, she worked as a public defender in Charleston, SC. She served on the Alamance County Board of Commissioners from 2016-2020, acting as Chair for the last three years. In 2020, Galey was elected to the NC State Senate where she currently represents District 24 constituents who reside in Alamance and Guilford counties. In the General Assembly, Senator Galey holds seats on the Appropriations Committee on Justice and Public Safety; the Education/Higher Education Committee; the Judiciary Committee; and the State and Local Government Committee.