Despite some wintry weather that hit the region the day before, the JCHS 2010 Winter Commencement Ceremony continued as scheduled on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
This year, we moved our ceremony to Shaftman Hall at the Jefferson Center, a much larger space to accommodate our expanded graduating class. We awarded diplomas this year for the first time to students in our Master of Science Programs in Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy—which grew our graduating class by 66% from the previous year!
As Commencement began, our academic leaders and faculty processed in and took their places in the audience near the front of the auditorium.
Following the faculty were our soon-to-be graduates, who took seats on the stage. These Master's Degree students are carrying their hoods, which will be ceremonially put on just before they cross the stage to get their diplomas.
Here, we see our graduating students standing behind our College leadership, guest speakers and members of the JCHS Board of Directors. In front is Dr. Charles Houston, JCHS Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Science, who led the academic processional.
Next, Dr. Stephen C. Hundley led our Invocation. Dr. Hundley is the Superintendent of the Roanoke District of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop then took the podium to welcome everyone to the Jefferson Center and our 2010 Winter Commencement Ceremony.
Our first student address was given by Autumn M. Hiduskey, candidate for graduation from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program.
President Bishop then introduced our next student speaker.
Meg W. Ellis, a candidate for graduation from the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program, then spoke to the gathered families, friends, instructors and fellow students.
President Bishop then introduced our featured speaker, Dr. A. Tyler Putnam, II, M.D. Dr. Putnam had been scheduled to be our speaker at the spring 2010 JCHS Commencement Ceremony, but was unable to attend due to a death in his family. He graciously accepted our invitation to speak at the Winter Commencement Ceremony.
A student listens to our graduation speaker from the stage.
Dr. Putnam, the Director of Surgical Care and Critical Care Surgery Section Chief at Carilion Clinic, spoke about his experiences in healthcare and his work in the area of compassion fatigue.
Student Meg W. Ellis and JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones listen to Dr. Putnam's remarks.
After the Commencement Address, Dean Allison-Jones recommends the Master of Science students for graduation to President Bishop.
Dr. David Haynes, Program Director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program, places a hood on a graduate before she receives her diploma.
President Bishop and Dean Allison-Jones congratulate a Physician Assistant Program graduate.
Dr. Wilton Kennedy, Clinical Coordinator and Associate Professor in the JCHS Physician Assistant Program, prepares to place a hood on a PA graduate.
President Bishop and Dean Allison-Jones greet a graduate as she crosses the stage to accept her diploma.
Each graduate posed for a photo with President Bishop and Dean Allison-Jones as they were handed their hard-earned diploma.
A Physician Assistant graduate laughs as Dr. Wilton Kennedy places her hood.
A graduate smiles for the camera.
Dean Allison-Jones then recommended the graduates receiving the Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Students receiving undergraduate degrees at this ceremony included candidates from the Biomedical Sciences, Respiratory Therapy, Science and Nursing Programs.
A graduate receives her degree and poses for a photo with her diploma.
JCHS graduated a total of 81 students at this ceremony, a substantial increase from last year's winter graduating class. Fifty-two of those graduates came from Master’s-level programs and 29 came from undergraduate programs. Here, a student is awarded her degree after years of hard work.
Another graduate accepts her diploma and a handshake from our College leaders.
Once everyone had received their diplomas, President Bishop asked the graduates to stand so he could confer their degrees.
Master's-level students await the conferring of their degrees.
Dr. Hundley then returned to the podium to perform the Benediction.
Finally, our new alumni left the stage and processed from Shaftman Hall to the thunderous applause of the audience.
After the Commencement Ceremony, families, friends and loved ones greeted the grads in the atrium of the Jefferson Center.
Congratulations to our 2010 Winter graduates and best wishes for a happy, prosperous career beyond JCHS!