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Commencement 2022

Achievements of the Sandhills Community College class of 2022 were celebrated on Saturday, May 14 on the McNeill-Woodward Green. The College held two ceremonies. At 8:30 a.m., those receiving Associate in Arts or Science, Associate in Arts or Science in Teacher Preparation, Associate in Engineering, Associate in Fine Arts in Art or Music, Associate in General Education, and Associate in Nursing were honored. Graduates receiving an associate in applied science, diploma, or certificate were recognized at 11:30 a.m.

Pomp and Circumstance began the ceremony, and President John Dempsey welcomed those gathered. Music Professor Ryan Book performed the Star-Spangled Banner on guitar.

Student Government Association President Avery Campbell welcomed those gathered and gave words of encouragement to the graduates. Chairman of the Board of Trustees George W. Little welcomed the crowd on behalf of the Board.

Rebecca Roush introduced the 2022 SCC Distinguished Alumnus, Christopher Cheek. Cheek spoke of his struggles in life and victories, including earning a degree from SCC and subsequent degrees after Sandhills. He now serves as the Director or Military and Veterans Affairs at the college.

Brenda Baker Jackson was awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa. Jackson has worked at SCC since 2011 and has served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Administrative Services, Executive Vice President, and currently Chief Operating Officer. She is retiring this month from the college.

Student Awards

Deniz Aaron Zepeda received The Mary Luman Meyer Award – given to the student who contributed most to the life of the college during their two years at Sandhills. Zepeda earned an Associate in Arts.

The Sue Williamson Faculty Award for Transfer was presented to Annie Stroupe who earned an Associate in Fine Arts. The Faculty Award for Applied Science was presented to Lathisa Davis. Davis earned a degree in Health and Fitness Science. While at SCC, each demonstrated outstanding character and academic achievement. The faculty of the college chose the recipients.

Britta Douglas was presented with The President’s Award. Douglas had the highest academic average with the most credit hours earned. As such, she was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2022. Douglas earned an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting.

Following student recognitions, the presentation of candidates for graduation was carried out. For the academic year 2021-22 Sandhills awarded 720 degrees, 28 diplomas and 103 certificates.

Summer Semester

Summer Semester sessions A and B begin on May 24 and session C begins on June 28 for curriculum/college credit classes and Continuing Education classes begin on various dates throughout the summer.

Summer semester curriculum classes are open to current, returning, and new students. Local students attending colleges outside of the area are welcome to take courses this summer at SCC. Credits can transfer back to the university, saving students time and money. For those who have never taken SCC curriculum/college credit classes, apply from the link in the header at For those who have taken courses within the past five years, log into Self-Service from MySCC and register.

Fall Semester

The 16-week curriculum/college credit semester and first eight-week session begin on August 15. The second eight-week session begins on October 12. Students can take a mix of full-semester classes alongside eight-week sessions.

Apply to attend SCC from the link at and apply for financial aid if assistance is needed. To receive funds in hand to pay fall semester tuition, information should be submitted by July 14. After that date, applications will still be accepted, but completion by July 14 assures that the FAFSA will be processed in time.

Continuing Education classes begin throughout the semester, with most of the skills and technical courses starting in August.

CCP Classes for High School Students

Local high school students can take classes at SCC when a junior and senior. Those successfully completing four CCP classes qualify for the Sandhills Promise. This program offers two full years of classes immediately following high school graduation at no cost. For all information, go to:

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