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Success at Every Age – SCC Recognizes HSE Grads

With staff celebrating in the background with signs outside Van Dusen Hall, a student receives her diploma cover during the drive-through HSE graduation celebration at the Pinehurst campus.Fifty-seven Sandhills Community College graduates have something in common with quite a few very famous people. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas was 60 years old, Christina Applegate was a Junior in high school, and Waylon Jennings was 53 when they received their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. Others earning an HSE include Michael J. Fox at 34, Nicholas Cage while he was still in high school, and Paris Hilton after she dropped out of high school. The recent SCC HSE graduates ranged from ages 16 to 54.

The accomplishments, hard work, and hope for the future of these graduates were celebrated at the Sandhills Hoke Center on Wednesday, May 27, and on the Pinehurst campus the following day. Because SCC was unable to offer a traditional ceremony, a drive-through celebration was held. These events allowed graduates to safely receive their diploma cover and a graduation gift bag. The state will mail them the diploma.

College staff used the opportunities to capture photos and video footage of those participating and will create a video tribute to the 2020 HSE graduates. This virtual ceremony will be released on the Continuing Education College and Career Readiness website ( on June 17 at 6 p.m. In addition to the drive-through celebration video, the ceremony will contain a message from this year’s guest speaker Karen Sullivan, a Pinehurst neuropsychologist who is also an HSE recipient.

Each SCC HSE graduate receives a $250 scholarship that can be used toward SCC Career Training classes or in curriculum (college credit) programs.

The Sam and Hazel Petty Scholarship Award 

In addition to the scholarships, two distinguished students, Travis Holder and Elida Marquez were awarded $250 for outstanding effort in the program.

Fredricka Proveaux funded the Sam and Hazel Petty Scholarship for exceptional HSE students. Her mother, Hazel, and brother, Sam, both earned an HSE, and Sam went on to graduate from a community college.

College and Career Readiness Classes

College and Career Readiness classes are free of charge for those who want to earn an HSE diploma. Other courses beginning this summer and fall will include English Language Acquisition, Adult Basic Education, Fast Track to High School Equivalency, and a new Citizenship Preparation course.

New student orientation will be held online on July 14 and 15. For information, go to to complete an Orientation Inquiry Form. For those without a computer or internet access, please call 910-695-3980.

Summer and Fall Semesters

Continuing Education classes begin on various dates throughout summer and fall. Courses leading to careers in manufacturing, construction, public safety, and more can be found on the Continuing Education section of the College’s website (

Summer Session C curriculum (college credit) classes begin on June 30. All classes are online this summer. The fall semester starts on August 17 and will be online and in classroom and lab settings with safe distancing and other CDC precautions adhered to.

New students can apply online, and an advisor will assist in registering for classes. Orientation will be online. Current or returning students can register for summer or fall classes using Self-Service.

The last day to apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA is July 9 to receive money in time to pay for the fall semester.

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