ASHEBORO, N.C. (December 15, 2017)
Jamie E. Almond, RCC administrative assistant for human resources, gave the graduation address at Randolph Community College’s College and Career Readiness Winter 2017 Graduation held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium on the Asheboro Campus. Almond, an energetic motivational speaker, talked to the graduates about where to draw their own motivation and how to follow their own roads to success.
TOP: RCC Adult High School Diploma and High School Equivalency graduates file into the auditorium during the winter College and Career Readiness graduation on Dec. 14. Eighteen graduates participated in the ceremony.
BOTTOM: Michelle Chapman of Locust accepts her High School Equivalency Diploma from RCC Board Chair Mac Sherrill. Chapman, who was one of the student speakers at the graduation ceremony held in the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium, spoke about her struggles with a learning disability.
Eighteen students participated in Thursday’s ceremony out of 44 High School Equivalency graduates and 5 Adult High School Diploma graduates who were eligible.
Also speaking at the graduation ceremony were graduates Rachel Byrd and Michelle Chapman, and instructor Sue Griffith read a heartfelt letter from a graduate from the Randolph County Correctional Center.
Chapman spoke of her struggles to finish school, discovering she had a learning disability, fighting anxiety and depression, and finally finding a place in the CCR program at RCC. “I finished my diploma in June, and I didn’t stop,” she said. “I enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program, and I just completed my first semester with a 4.0 GPA.” She plans to earn her associate degree and transfer to a four-year school to become a certified teacher.
Byrd said she dropped out of school at 15 to work in an apple orchard for minimum wage before deciding to come back to school. After finding success in RCC’s high school equivalency program, she plans to pursue a degree in business and culinary arts.
Dr. Robert Shackleford Jr., RCC president, gave the welcome. Elbert Lassiter, vice president for workforce development and continuing education, presented the candidates for graduation. The conferring of the diplomas was handled by F. Mac Sherrill, chairman of the RCC Board of Trustees.
Serving as faculty marshals were Melissa Woodell, lead instructor, and Sue Griffith, Adult Basic Education instructor.
The graduates listed alphabetically by their cities of residence follow:
High School Equivalency Graduates
Chase Allred, Jesse Beavers, Ian Billips, David Burton, LaToya Cassidy, Veronica Cranford, William Deaton, Layne Elliott, Monrudee Gilchrist, Lester Hawkins, Maribel Hernandez, Alejandra Jaimes Arroyo, Timothy McCurry, Jade Mercer, Savannah Robbins, Donna Wallace, Estee Lynn York.
Mechkayla Capps, Ciera Martin, Hannah Shore.
Destiny Gooch, Jeri L. Pegram.
Haydee Campuzano Martinez, Jeffrey Cockman, David Sharpe, Bradley Tollmann, Mackenzie Vanderford.
Marjorie Doss, Danielle LaPlume, Destiny Phillips.
Kailey Angel, Logan Easter, Erin Gordon.
Adult High School Diploma Graduates
Virginia Haslam, Cassie Jenkins.
Lizbeth Castaneda Delgado.