On Friday, May 10, 2013, JCHS celebrated our Spring Commencement Ceremony at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
The day kicked off with our President's Commencement Breakfast, held in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall.
The President's Breakfast was an opportunity for our soon-to-be grads to gather one last time with their fellow students, as well as JCHS faculty and staff. Here, some of our students enjoy a great breakfast buffet!
JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop (center, standing) greets students at the Breakfast.
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.
Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness Glen Mayhew and Alumni Association President and JCHS Faculty Member Larry Lilley show off their bow ties. We are convinced they are about to start a secret society whose initiation is you have to know how to tie a bow tie.
"He makes me look short!" President Bishop exclaimed about one of our students.
Larry Lilley tripping the light fantastic with one of our grads at the President's Breakfast.
Dr. Francis C. Dane, Chair of Arts & Sciences, and Anna Millirons, Dean for Administrative Services, share a smile.
Dr. Bishop and Health & Exercise Science Program Director Dr. Ally Bowersock congratulate grad Jonathan Altizer (left) who was featured in a front page story of the May 10, 2013 edition of <I>The Roanoke Times</I>. You can read the story online at <a href=http://www.roanoke.com/news/1901377-12/jefferson-college-graduate-war-veteran-designs-his-own.html><font color=blue>http://www.roanoke.com/news/1901377-12/jefferson-college-graduate-war-veteran-designs-his-own.html</font></a>.
Dr. Warren Clark (left) who is retiring at the end of the spring 2013 semester, poses with Fancy Rop, M.S.N., one of his former students. (The hat was a gift from his students in anticipation of his retirement trip this winter to Australia and New Zealand.)
President Bishop greets, Ed and Barbara Kitas. Mr. and Mrs. Kitas have funded the Kitas and Lutsko Family Foundation Scholarship at JCHS for the last few years. The scholarship has been vital in providing our students with continual and important financial support.
President Bishop greets the students, faculty, staff and guests attending the 2013 President's Breakfast.
President Bishop accepts a donation to the JCHS Education Foundation from Class of 2013, represented by Jessie Toms, '12 (and still a current student in a B.S. Program) and Brook-Lynn Velvin, '13. The funds were raised through the annual Graduation Gift Campaign and will benefit the S. Lynn Marshall Emergency Fund, which supports students in temporary financial need at JCHS.
After the breakfast, our grads began to don their caps and gowns. it was a perfect time for the last class photos. Here, we find the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy Class of 2013.
Next up was the Health & Exercise Science Class of 2013.
And then, the Healthcare Management Class of 2013.
Followed by the Emergency Services Class of 2013. This is the first class to graduate on the bachelor's level in this program!
JCHS Faculty members (left to right, top) Dr. Ashleigh Prince Dunn; Dr. Courtney Watson; Dr. Diana Willeman-Buckelew; and Darrell Shomaker, M.A.; flank Dr. Charlie Moore, who is retiring at the end of the spring semester.
Then, it was time to begin the 2013 Spring Commencement Ceremony. Leading the way was Dr. Ava Porter, stepping in for faculty member Susan Jones who received this year's Mission Possible Award for Faculty. Susan is off her feet right now with an injury, so Ava saved the day!
Our students file into the Civic Center Coliseum.
On stage, our platform party watched as our soon-to-be graduates make their way to their seats.
A student scans the seats for family and friends.
Our flag bearers this years were (left to right) Kelly Berry, Melanie Morris, Troy Evans and Jessie Toms. All flag bearers serve on the Student Senate.
Our Honor Guard at terh ceremonyw as provided by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Roanoke Valley Honor Guard.
Students put their hand to hearts as the National Anthem played.
Our Invocation was provided by Richard Brown, M.Div., Director of Carilion Clinic Pastoral Care.
President Bishop then stepped to the podium to welcome everyone to our Commencement Ceremony.
Providing greetings from the JCHS Board of Directors was Chairman Stephen A. Musselwhite.
Dr. Bishop then returned to the podium to announce some special recognition for two of our faculty members.
Associate of Applied Sciences students listen at the graduation ceremony.
President Bishop announced that Dr. Warren Clark (center) and Dr. Charles Moore (right) would be given Emeriti status upon their retirement at the end of the semester.
Our first student speaker was Susan Wirt, a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, who on behalf of the graduate students.
Next was Brook-Lynn Velvin, a graduate of the health Psychology Program, who spoke for the undergraduate students.
We then welcomed Dr. Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Research Institute and the Senior Dean for Research at VTC School of Medicine.
A bachelor's-level student listens to Dr. Friedlander's Commencement Address.
It was then time for the distribution of diplomas! First up were our Master of Science in Nursing students, including Susan Wirt, who here receives her hood—a special honor reserved for master's level students.
Dr. Bishop poses for a photo on stage with a new graduate.
Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, the JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs, greets a new graduate.
Associate-level students wait their turn to head to the stage for their diplomas.
President Bishop poses for a professional photo with each of our graduates as they cross the stage.
Dr. Alison-Jones prepares to hand a diploma to a new graduate.
Dr. Bishop shakes the hand of a new grad for his photo.
Dean Allison-Jones with a 2013 Bachelor's-level graduate.
At our 2013 Spring Commencement Ceremony, we graduated students on the Master's, Bachelor's and Associate Degree levels.
Over 150 students accepted their diplomas during the spring graduation exercises.
Ten JCHS academic programs graduated students at the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
President of the JCHS Alumni Association Larry Lilley welcomed the new graduates into the Alumni Association.
The new grads then exit the coliseum through a gauntlet of applauding College faculty and administration.
It gives our faculty, staff and other members of the JCHS family one last chance to say congratulations and goodbye to the students.