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Congratulations Spring 2013 Graduates

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) awarded degrees, diplomas or certificates to 309 graduates on May 11. There were two commencement programs held at The Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

Beginning with the 10:00 a.m. ceremony for the Allied Health Programs and the Dental Hygiene Program. There were four Nursing Excellence Awards presented to Marsha Kidd, Kathy Nichols, Santana Thompson, and Jennifer West. The Dental Hygiene awards included the Colgate STAR Award and the Kentucky Dental Hygiene Award was presented to Michelle Canterberry. Brandy Parsley and Michelle Canterberry also received the Golden Scaler Award.

Dr. George D. Edwards, BSCTC president, welcomed the graduates, " Saying you can be proud of your success." " This year the College is experiencing a unique year in our history. In 2013, we celebrate 10 years of existence as Big Sandy Community and Technical College, but we also celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Prestonsburg Community College and the 75th year anniversary of Mayo Technical College".

Avram McCarty, 2013 graduate and president of Student Government Association, delivered the student address encouraging the graduates to fulfill their dreams.

Eastern Kentucky native and distinguished BSCTC alumnus Gregory D. Stumbo, and Speaker for the Kentucky House of Representatives delivered the 2:00p.m. commencement address.

Four individuals were recognized as outstanding alumni for 2013.

Jennifer O'Bryan graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1999 and is a valued member of the profession of dental hygiene. She demonstrates a strong desire to help her patients achieve better oral care. She is a former adjunct clinical instructor and advisory board member of the Dental Hygiene Program at Big Sandy Community amp; Technical College.

Terri Lynn Hall graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1983; she went on to Marshall University to complete her Bachelors of Science in Nursing then to the University of Kentucky to complete her Masters. She went back to school in 2009 to receive her Post Graduate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for Highlands Regional Medical Center for nearly 29 years and is currently working for King's Daughter Medical Center in

Cathy Goble Gullett enrolled at PCC in 1967 and immediately became active in any and all activities on campus. After graduating from PCC, she transferred to the University of Kentucky where she received her BA in English with a minor in Sociology. She later earned a Master's in Education from Morehead State University. Cathy taught school in the Johnson County School System for 33 years.

Tony Skaggs graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1987 and he went on to get his Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then his Masters from Morehead State University. He has a genuine compassion for the students of eastern Kentucky and is a true advocate for education. He has held the role as Principal of Magoffin County High School for the past 7 years.

Of the 309 graduates there were a total of 773 credentials earned with 88 Associate in Arts degrees, 55 Associate in Science degrees, 119 Associate in Applied Science degrees, with 425 certificates and 85 diplomas. A very diverse class representing this year's graduates.

Professor Toufic Saad was recognized with this year's Great Teacher Award.

Special music was provided by Clayton Case, Chesi Spriggs, and Rachael Hayes of the Big Sandy Singers.


BSCTC commencement program was held at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday, May 11, 2013