Cabarrus College confers 53 degrees at winter commencement ceremony

Published 12:04 am Thursday, December 24, 2015

On Dec. 15, faculty, staff and guests gathered at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center to celebrate the accomplishments of 53 December graduates. These graduates join over 3,500 alumni who have earned their diploma or degree from Cabarrus College since 1942.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Victor Armstrong, vice president of behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare System. The vice president of the Cabarrus College Alumni Association, Brittany Gay, also addressed the graduates.

Prior to confirming the degrees, two awards were presented. The Cannon Best All-Around Nursing Student Award recognizes the associate of science in nursing graduate who excels in scholastic standing, personal and social relations, and co-curricular activities. This award was presented to Jennifer Jenkins.

The George A. Batte, Jr. Scholastic Achievement Award recognizes the associate of science in nursing graduate who has the highest cumulative grade point average. This was presented to Hollis Deal.

December 2015 graduates of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences:

Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging

Gina Lynn Hensley Poston (Cum Laude)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amanda Gail Cormier (Cum Laude), Christina Antoinette Jones (Magna Cum Laude), Ashleigh Elizabeth Helms, Joanna Lynn Morgan (Cum Laude), Samantha Louise Smith (Magna Cum Laude), Heather Ross Thomas (Magna Cum Laude) and Greta Leigh Hathcock White (Magna Cum Laude)

Associate of Science in Medical Assistant

Vanessa Jade Tackett (Summa Cum Laude)

Associate of Science in Nursing

Alicia Brooke Anderson, Brittany Moreau Baker, Lorren Alise Baldwin, Annmarie Fusco Bankston, Synnaman Cynthia Bingham, Erica J. Branson, Kristi Leigh Brigman, Amy Hunt Callahan (Magna Cum Laude), Shelly Ann Cawley, Alexandrea Nicole Clontz (Cum Laude), Michael Joseph Coia (Cum Laude), Hollis Annette Deal (Magna Cum Laude), Lauren Nicole Ewart (Cum Laude), Christa Brittani Freeman, Karlyn Marie Garris (Cum Laude), Haley Nicole Gregorius, Emily Morgan Grimes, Cassie Jean Grimm, Kira Lyn Guerke, Jamie Erin Hains (Cum Laude), Haley Morrison Hamilton (Cum Laude), Brooklynn Grace Hayes, Sarah Michelle Heidenfeldt, Hunter Lee Higdon (Cum Laude), Jennifer Mariah Jenkins (Magna Cum Laude), Elizabeth Marcé Kane-Eames, Ryan Patrick Kearney, Sara Catharine Kilmer, Lindsey Miranda McAllister, Callie Denise McCollum, Deborah A. McDaniel (Cum Laude), Joseph Franklin McHolland, Lauren Diana Reedy (Magna Cum Laude), Chelsea Nicole Ritchie (Cum Laude), Xonnel Nashikai Smith, Maggie Catherine Stanbro (Cum Laude), Janine Lorraine Terpstra (Magna Cum Laude), Carissa Josephine Vassas, Benjamin K. Wease, Jessica Marie Whitley (Cum Laude), Brittany Tayler Wiggins, Lacey Rebekah Williams and Mujaahadeanah Al-Taariqah Muhammad Wilson

Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Britney Gail Sansom (Summa Cum Laude)


Summa Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.90-4.00

Magna Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.60-3.89

Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.20-3.59


RCCC awarded 53 degrees at its December commencement ceremony.

Cabarrus College awarded 53 degrees at its December commencement ceremony.