Cabarrus College of Health Sciences holds spring commencement

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017

CONCORD — Cabarrus College of Health Sciences held its spring commencement May 9 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center at A.L. Brown High School.

The college conferred a total of 129 degrees and diplomas, including 13 master degrees, 25 baccalaureate degrees, 67 associate degrees and 24 diplomas.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Parsley, a Concord City Council member and owner of AIM Tours, addressed the graduates and their guests with a personal story of the impact that health care providers can have on their patients and their families.

This was the 95th commencement held since Cabarrus College’s founding in 1942. This year also marks the school’s 75th anniversary.

Ten graduates received awards based on academic performance, college engagement, service and leadership.

  • Edith M. Dennis Service Award: Morgan Holbrook.
  • Robert L. Wall Leadership Award: Kiersten Porter.
  • Best All-Around Allied Health Student: Brittany Yates.
  • Cannon Best All-Around Nursing Student: Alyssa Giaquinto.
  • Elizabeth Mabrey Distinguished Baccalaureate Merit Award: Brandy Nunn.
  • Dr. Linny and Joyce Baker Pediatric Nursing Award: Maggie Roche.
  • W.R. Floyd Surgical Nursing Award: Hollie Henderson.
  • George A. Batte Jr. Scholastic Achievement Award: Lauren Johnson.
  • Anita H. Talbott Academic Achievement Award: Mykal Smith.
  •  Baccalaureate Academic Achievement Award: Destiny Reese.

Two associate of science in nursing graduates, Regina Crowder-Galloway and Kyrstan Pruett, were awarded the Spirit of Nursing Award at the capping ceremony, which was held before commencement.

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Applications are now being accepted for fall admission.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, a member of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, focuses on health sciences education and offers master, bachelor and associate degrees as well as diplomas, certificates and continuing education on a nonresidential campus in Concord. The college is on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast.