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SCC celebrates 45th Annual Commencement

SCC celebrates 45th Annual Commencement

Salem Community College awarded 245 degrees and certificates at its 45th annual Commencement exercises on May 17.

Addressing the Class of 2017 were fellow graduate Deborah Saavedra and 2017 Distinguished Alumna Ida Bowen, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Deepwater Industries Federal Credit Union.

SCC graduated 15 students who enrolled through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. TAA is a federal program that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to U.S. workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The SCC graduates worked at Ardagh and Cooper interconnect.

Three high school seniors earned associate degrees before graduating from Salem County Vocational-Technical School.  Courtney Sassi and Samantha Scull are enrolled in the Academy of Medical Sciences, and are each graduating with an Associate degree in Biology/Chemistry. Zuri Richmond is a student in the Academy of Agricultural Sciences and will graduate with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts.  Since 2001, 21 other SCVTS seniors have graduated from SCC.

Class of 2017 members selected Saidalys Hernandez, a business administration major who will transfer to Rowan University, as the alumni trustee.  She will serve a one-year term starting in August.

The following Faculty Medallion recipients were honored:

  • Associate in Arts: Joshua Sponaugle
  • Associate in Science: Saidalys Hernandez
  • Associate in Fine Art: Edward “Doug” Morrison
  • Associate in Applied Science: Lucas Greiner
  • Certificate (tie): Jessica Pate and Merasol Degamo


A faculty medallion is presented annually to one graduating student in each degree and certificate program with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.  Faculty members select the recipients based on their academic accomplishments, and service to the College and community.

The ceremony was dedicated in memory of Board of Trustees Emeritus Member Dr. David Klinke, and SCC alumni Mary Ellen Hassler and Regina Strand, both long-time SCC employees.  Mary Ellen and Regina were posthumously honored as Distinguished Alumni at the College Convocation last month.

For the fourth straight year, SCC web-streamed the ceremony for families and friends who are unable to attend.  Since SCC attracts students from around the nation for its specialty programs, it is difficult for all family members and friends to attend Commencement.  The live broadcast ran on the SCC YouTube channel at www.salemcc.edu/commencement2017.  SCC will permanently archive the ceremony at its YouTube page for future viewing.


Caption: Among the 2017 SCC graduates are three high school seniors from the Salem County Vocational-Technical School.  Joining Principal Jason Helder are (from left) Courtney Sassi, Samantha Scull and Zuri Richmond.