DSLCC Holds 47th Commencement Exercises

A total of 162 students received associate degrees, certificates and career studies certificates during the 47th annual commencement exercises at Dabney S Lancaster Community College Tuesday evening on the Clifton Forge campus.

“Community college graduates are a hot commodity in the global marketplace,” said guest speaker Elizabeth Creamer, advisor for Workforce Development in the office of the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “You showed up, you finished, better and bigger jobs are in your future.”

Creamer relayed her own story of finding herself a single mom in her 20s with only 3 years of high school. “I didn’t walk, I crawled, to the community college. There has been nothing as challenging in my life as going back to school and getting that degree.”
She asked the graduates to thank “that faculty member, that coach, that administrator, that family member, who has made a difference in your life.”

This was the first commencement for DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone, who took office last July. He gave the graduates an overview of the class of 2014: Twenty-five percent were dual enrollment students, attending college classes while still in high school; one third traveled more than 30 miles to and from classes; 30 percent attended classes at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista; almost 80 percent finished on time; 95 percent plan to continue their education; 67 percent have been accepted to four-year colleges at 14 different institutions; and 60 percent are already employed.

David Shofstahl of Clifton Forge was named the recipient of the Gary Lee Miller Outstanding Student Award, given to a graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership and active participation in campus and community activities. It is named after a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who died in combat in Vietnam.

Dr. Rainone recognized Dr. Michael Scott, Vice President for Instruction, Student Services and Research, who is retiring after 42 years of service. Dr. Scott has served as master of ceremonies for commencement for many years.

Student speakers were Emanuel Alfred and Shofstahl.

A gallery of photos from the event are available on the DSLCC Flickr Site.

The following received diplomas:
Alleghany County
Jonathon Matthew Aldridge, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Asbury, West Virginia
Crystal Elaine Cole, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Auto, West Virginia
Jordan Duane Sheets, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Bedford
Dustin T. Boyles, Certificate, Welding
Buchanan
Kristin Ashley Noel Brammer, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Joshua N. Christie, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry; Patrick Pentecost, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Buena Vista
Jonny Lee Ayers, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Tammy Brown, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Rita M. Carter, Certificate, Advanced Health Care; Katie Elizabeth Clark, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Kelsey Bray Cole, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joshua Ryan Cranston, Career Studies Certificate, Welding; Brittany E. Fitzgerald, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Jordan Marie Fitzgerald, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Kirsten Gibbons, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Karla K. Hamilton, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Joshua Jamerson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Chrystal H. Knick, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Jordan Lewis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Jon Conrad Patterson, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Melinda K. Ramsey, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Christian Lynne Schley, Certificate, Culinary Arts; Certificate, Hospitality Services; Career Studies Certificate, Hospitality Management; Jeffrey Lee Tomlin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Kasey Lin Tomlin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Office User; Milea Webb, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Jacob Marino Wheeler, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Carlisle, PA
Henry M. Fox, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Chantilly, VA
Daniel James Bluntzer, Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry
Chesapeake, VA
James Thomas Ramsay, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Churchville
Victoria Peyton Hevener, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Clifton Forge
Michael Austin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Wesley Travis Broughfman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Jordan Isaac Carroll, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Tyler Edward Crance, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Thomas James Deisher, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Monroe Newton Farmer, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Logan Rae Figgers, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Amber Marie Haley, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Benjamin Edward Haynes, Career Studies Certificate, Welding; Heather Nicole Hinebaugh, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Christopher Scott Hoke, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Dustin Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Weston Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Christy Kay Lanahan, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Asheby Lheay Auztin Leach, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services; Tyler Drew Linkenhoker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration; Lisa Marshall, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Chad Algon Nicely, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Tara Katherine O’Conner, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Whitley A. Blayne Oliver, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
David J. Shofstahl, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Amber Jayne Stephens, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Ashby Ray Taylor, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Michael Ryan Underwood, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Ronnie L. Underwood, Jr., Certificate, Culinary Arts; Brent Walker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Tawnya Lee West, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Covington
Thomas W. Andrews, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Trena Maile-Burton Arritt, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Wesley Allen Baker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Candon R. Bates, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Alissha Angel Bazzrea, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; André Booker, Certificate, Welding; Jonathan A. Brumit, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Business Leadership and Communication; Certificate, Office Management; Career Studies Certificate, Business Leadership; Career Studies Certificate, Small Business Management; Benjamin Lloyd Butler, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joseph Payne Campbell, Certificate, Welding; Megan Marie Colón, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Whitney Caitlynn Crawford, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Jessica Leigh Givens, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Katie May Hepler , Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, with Specialization in Administrative Support; Certificate, Administrative Support Technology; Beverly J. Hodgdon, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Ryan Todd Holley, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Tyler Knick, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Richard Camell Knick, III, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Erich Ryan Mann, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Morgan Danielle McCallister, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Cole Andrews Murray, Certificate, Welding; Morgan E. Murray, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Clara M. Neal, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Cody Ryan Nida, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Bryder C. Osbourne, Jr., Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Jason Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Shawn Renee Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Clifford Brooks Persinger, Jr., Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Damon A. Reynolds, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joy Beth Slayton, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Kaitlin Tallman, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice with Specialization in Forensic Science; Certificate, Forensic Science; Jared Adam Thrasher, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Vicki Tremblay, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Craig County
Brandon R. Dudding, Certificate, Welding
Eagle Rock
Jacob Hunter Fairburn, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Jordan Alexander Saville, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Terri Ellen Garrison Slusser, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Virginia Lee Wimbish, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Business Leadership and Communication; Certificate, Office Management; Career Studies Certificate, Small Business Management
Hide, Manchester, England
Hilary Bergmann, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, with Specialization in Administrative Support
Fairfield
Michael W. Coss, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Damien Zachary Carlton Farris, Certificate, Practical Nursing; John H. Posten, Certificate, Welding
Fincastle
Kyle Tyree Bostic, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Frankford, WV
Tara Nicole Brammer, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Frenchtown, NJ
Marco Ramirez, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology
Glasgow
Caleb Anthony Brumit, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Cynthia M. Lively, Certificate, Advanced Health Care; Certificate, Practical Nursing
Grottoes
Seth David Stoutamyer, Career Studies Certificate, Welding
Harrisonburg
Belén Martinez, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Holland, MI
Laura Lynn White, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Iron Gate
Jopeph Alexander Stull, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Adam Michael Sweet, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Knoxville, TN
Michael Jay Kosta, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Lexington
Jessica Lynn Alt, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Charlene G. Bryant, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Adam Carter, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Sierra Love Clark, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Claire Elizabeth Cornwell, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Dian Davis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Erin Deacon, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Erica Nicholé Fitzgerald, Certificate, Practical Nursing; George N. Gates, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Bradley Gardner Goodbar, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Jessica K. Hamm, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Stephanie Nicole Higgins, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Jacob Scott Holstein, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Stephanie Rose Hostetter, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Jacob Dylan Deacon Kramer, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; David Owen Martin, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; David Reese McCormick, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Anthony Leighton Nix, Certificate, Welding; Thomas Oxendine, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology; Dustin Shane Parker, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Ashley Nicole Potter, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Megan Wieringa, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Office Management
Low Moor
Roxana DePriest, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Luray
Travis Gregg, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Marlinton, WV
Kimberly Dawn Moore, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
Millboro
David R. Dujardin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Jessica D. Frady, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; John L. Wolfe, III, Certificate, Welding
New Castle
Dylan M. Hurley, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Brianna M. Martin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Norfolk
Tina Shannon Lowen, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
North Amityville, NY
William Garrett Stowell, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
North Pole, Alaska
Nathaniel Levi Meadows, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Organ Cave, WV
Tiffany Alexis Sansom, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Powhatan
Nicholas Beckley, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Queens, NY
Emanuel Alfred, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Raleigh, NC
Ariella Mejia, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Redding, CA
Christopher Allan Mailliard, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Rockbridge Baths
Avis Elizabeth Troxell, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Second Creek, WV
Tanya Ashlee Boggs, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Selma
Shawn Matthew Wolfe, Certificate, Welding
South Haven, MI
Holly Renee Norman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Staunton
Christopher Porter, Certificate, Culinary Arts
Stuarts Draft
Lynzey Alane Whitlock, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Swoope
Devyn Nicole Kiser,  Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Virginia Beach
Stephen J. Demma, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Warm Springs
Rebecca Leigh Chaplin, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Waynesboro
Jonathan Dakota Rose, Certificate, Culinary Arts
West Monroe, LA
Lauren Hope Antommaria, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Williamsburg
John Paul Ewan, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry
Winchester
Kathy Michelle Atkins, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing