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Big Sandy Community and Technical College holds Spring 2018 Commencement Exercises

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held their Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg on May 4-5.  During the three ceremonies graduates and their families celebrated their successes and achievements as 159 Associate in Arts degrees, 162 Associate in Science degrees, 265 Associate in Applied Science degrees, 1000 certificates and 156 diplomas were awarded. 

On Friday May 4, BSCTC honored the graduates in the Allied Health programs of Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Nursing and Respiratory Therapy with students receiving their degrees and other honors.  

Dental Assisting awards were presented to Samantha King who received the Humanitarian Award and Rachel Gamble who received the Outstanding Clinician Award.  Dental Hygiene student, Tara Arnett, received the Colgate STAR Award, Shelbi Scalf received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award and Natasha Boyd received the Outstanding Student Award.  Nursing students Shannon Worley and Dora Marie Riley received the Florence Nightingale Award.   Dr. Mina Majmundar presented nursing scholarship awards to Hannah Fitch, Shannon Worley, Carla Castle and Keisha Johnson.  Respiratory Therapy student, Lindsey Wallen was named the Outstanding Program Graduate.   The Respiratory Therapy Clinical Excellence Award was given to Taylor Marie Johnson and Taylor Paige Howard. 

Dr. Sherry Zylka celebrated her inaugural graduation as the new President/CEO at BSCTC.  She was excited to share this day with the graduates and their families.

“This is not an end, but the beginning of your future,”  said Dr. Sherry Zylka, President/CEO.   “Best wishes to you as you begin your journey.” 

On Saturday, May 5, BSCTC honored graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates during two ceremonies.  BSCTC honored two Outstanding Alumni, Dr. Mallory Ratliff and the late Officer Scotty Hamilton, whose wife, Chelsi, accepted in his honor.

Two faculty members, Randal Clinton Hackney, Assistant Professor of Biology and Collista Allen, Associate Professor of Nursing, were honored with the Great Teacher Award, elected by BSCTC students.  Charles Michael Bell, a twenty-two-year music educator, in the Floyd County School District was honored with the Faculty Service Award. 

UPIKE President, Dr. Burton Webb, served as this year’s guest speaker and shared with students a story about a track team member, destined to run, was able to reach her full potential.  

“Your children, parents, significant others and grandparents have helped you along the way by supporting you,” said Dr. Webb. “There is nothing like a good team cheering you on.”