Last Thursday was one for the record books as Concordia honored and celebrated its 2017 graduates at the annual Commencement Banquet. Graduates, their families, faculty and staff, alumni, the Board of Regents, and community members attended the joyous occasion where numerous awards were presented to both students and faculty/staff members.
Not only was each graduate recognized by his/her academic division chair, but several special awards were also given out, including graduates with academic honors, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society students and distinguished baccalaureate degree graduates. Additionally awards were also presented to outstanding Quiz Bowl Team members, student-athletes and Student Government Association leaders.
The awards continued as students who participated in internships were recognized by the companies/organizations at which they interned. Concordia students did such exceptional work, in fact, that several were offered full time jobs on the spot by businesses such as the Lear Corporation, Wooten Law Firm, Selma Police Department, the City of Selma, and more.
Furthermore, Lear Corporation also proudly announced that 2016 Concordia graduate Yemsrach (Yemi) Hermano, who was offered full-time employment last year at Lear, has been promoted to work in their Finance Department.
一道本不卡免费高清It was also a proud night for several of our academic divisions, as the first-ever Nursing students graduated from the college’s brand new Health Sciences Division. The cohort of four nursing students dedicated the past year entirely to completing their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in record time, and were also commissioned as certified parish nurses in the process. The Division of Teacher Education also proudly declared that they have had 100% placement of their graduates into teaching jobs for the past four years.
Finally, the celebratory event concluded with faculty/staff of the year awards that were voted on by the student body. Winners included Department of the Year: Division of Educatuion; Department of Admissions; and the Department of STAARS. Faculty of the year winners were Mr. Steve Shoals, Assistant Professor of Mathmatices (1st place) and Dr. Chinwe Okeke, Associate Professor of Biology (2nd place). The Staff of the Year winners were Ms. Julia Irby, Housing Department (1st place) and Rev. Coley Chestnut, Director of Student Life (2nd place).