The 2012 JCHS Winter Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in the Performing Arts Theatre at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
The day kicked off with our President's Commencement Breakfast in the Civic Center's Exhibit Hall.
Many of our graduates took the opportunity to attend the Breakfast as one more chance to be together before graduation, including these beautiful ladies!
One of the fun things to do during the Breakfast was have a "paparazzi" photo taken with fellow students and friends at the College. Photos were printed on the spot for those who participated.
Two of our soon-to-be grads check out their paparazzi photos.
A warm breakfast was welcomed by all who attended the pre-graduation event. It helped everyone warm up after braving the 19-degree morning outside!
President Bishop greets the students, faculty, staff and guests attending the 2012 Winter Commencement President's Breakfast.
JCHS Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness Glen Mayhew (left) helps Larry Lilley, Assistant professor in the Nursing program and new President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, tie his bow tie.
All bow-tied up and looking spiffy, Larry thanks Glen for his help. Larry's students bought him the tie as a thank you for all his help in getting to graduation.
Health & Exercise Science Program Director Ally Bowersock (left) poses with Tyler Wesley Garnett, our one and only HES graduate at these Commencement exercises.
Members of the College Administrative Team (from left to right): Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness Glen Mayhew; Dean for Administrative Services Anna Millirons; College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones; and Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill.
Upstairs from the Exhibit Hall, our academic program flag bearers prepare for the Ceremony, including (left to right): Jessie Toms, Melanie Morris, Brook-Lynn Velvin and Kelly Berry.
As the ceremony began, our College leaders and faculty entered the theatre and proceed to the stage, led by Dr. Ava Porter, Chair of the JCHS Nursing Department and Faculty Marshal.
Following close behind were out students, beginning with our master's-level candidates who carry their graduate hoods.
Next in line to enter were our bachelor's and associate-level candidates for graduation.
Once everyone had entered the theatre and were seated, our Honor Guard entered, bringing our state and federal flags. Our Honor Guard came to us courtesy of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
JCHS Associate Program Director in Nursing De-dee Foti then took the stage to sing our national anthem. De-dee is an accomplished singer and blew the roof off the place with her heartfelt version of the anthem!
JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop then welcomed everyone to our 2012 Winter Commencement event.
Rev. Dr. William L. Lee of the Loudon Avenue Christina Church provided our Invocation.
Mr. Stephen A. Musslewhite, Chairman of the JCHS Board of Directors provided greetings from the Board to our graduates and assembled guests.
Our graduate student speaker was Dana C. Harrison, a student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program.
Next was our undergraduate level speaker: Kelly Lynn Price, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.
After our student speaker, Dr. Bishop introduced our speaker for the Winter Commencement Address: Ms. Melina D. Perdue, Executive Vice President, Carilion Clinic.
Ms. Perdue spoke to the students about not only their future in the healthcare profession, but about her status as a U.S. Military veteran and her pride that JCHS earned the designation this year as a military friendly school.
After her address, Ms. Perdue was presented with gifts on behalf of the entire College community from President Bishop.
The graduate level students were then asked to stand as the presentation of diplomas began.
Our master's graduates go through a hooding ceremony during Commencement. Here, Dr. David Haynes, Director of the JCHS Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), places a hood on one of our grads from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program.
Dr. Haynes places a hood on another MSOT student.
Dr. Judy Lash, Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program, places a hood on a PA graduate. And, Judy did this on one leg. She recently had surgery on a foot and used a chair to give her support while placing the hoods!
Dr. Allison-Jones presents a diploma to a PA graduate as Dr. Bishop looks on.
The Performing Arts Theatre was packed with families, friends and other loved ones on hand to wish our graduates well.
President Bishop hugs a new graduate after she accepted her diploma.
Dr. Bishop greets Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) graduate Harvey "Skip" Bogard after he accepted his diploma. Skip was featured in an article about JCHS and the ABSN program in <em>The Roanoke Times</em> on the morning of our Commencement Ceremony. You can read the article online at: <a href=http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/317942><font color=blue>http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/317942</a></font>.
Dr. Allison-Jones congratulates a student as she takes her diploma.
After accepting their diplomas, each graduate has the opportunity to have their pictures made with President Bishop. Here, a new grad poses with Dr. Bishop for the cameras.
President Bishop fist bumps a student in celebration of her graduation.
One hundred twenty eight students received their diplomas and became JCHS Alumni at our 2012 Winter Commencement Ceremony.
President Bishop poses for a snapshot with an associate-level graduate.
After all of the diplomas had been distributed, President Bishop conferred the degrees and asked our new grads to move the tassels on the mortarboards to indicate their graduation.
Our final speaker was Larry Lilley, President of the JCHS Alumni Association Board of Directors. Larry congratulated our new graduates and encouraged them to stay involved in the College throuhg the Alumni Association.
As the Winter Commencement Ceremony ended, out College leadership and faculty exited the auditorium.
Then, our new grads exited to the thunderous applause of the audience. <P>
All of us at JCHS want congratulate the 128 students who became alumni at the 2012 Winter Commencement Ceremony and we wish you all well in your professional and personal lives beyond our walls. Please stay in touch and come back to visit us at JCHS often!