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VGCC honors Radiography graduates at Pinning ceremony

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Faculty and members of the 2019 Radiography graduating class at Vance-Granville Community College. On the top row, from left: Program Head of Radiography, Angela Thomas; Clinical Coordinator for Radiography Stacey Soles; Students: Osvaldo Martinez, Cassidy Burton, Mariah Lawson, Elizabeth Brogden. Second row, from left: Matthew Denton, Geneva Duncan, Katie Rumsey, Terri McGarr, Kaylor Lawrence, Carly West. Third row, from left: Edwin Vargas, Travis Banka, Dora Dial, Taylor Beck, Belete Dress, Robyn Perry. Fourth row, from left: Laura Andersen, Raegan Ellis, Glenn Burgess, Lawrence Haymond, Sierra Holland, Dakota Chabala Fifth row, from left: Coleen Green, Clinical Instructor Anthony Twisdale, Cristal Herrera, Victoria Swain, Eden Ketema, Ashley Hicks. Bottom row, from left: Jakea Spruill, Charles Maina, Mackenzie Cates, and Theresa Carrillo. Not Pictured: Student, Sean Murphy.

Thirty-two new graduates of Vance-Granville Community College’s two-year Radiography Program were honored in a virtual pinning ceremony.

The Radiography Class of 2021 included Laura Andersen and Mackenzie Cates, both of Efland; Travis Banka, Belete Dress, Eden Ketema, all of Durham; Taylor Beck of Kittrell; Elizabeth Brogden, Glenn Burgess, Coleen Green, Kaylor Lawrence, Terri McGarr, and Katie Rumsey, all of Creedmoor; Cassidy Burton, Datoka Chabala, Dora Dial, and Edwin Vargas, all of Franklinton; Theresa Carrillo, Matthew Denton, Geneva Duncan, and Jakea Spruill, all of Henderson; Raegan Ellis of Prospect Hill, Lawrence Haymond of Wake Forest; Cristal Herrera and Ashley Hicks, both of Louisburg; Sierra Holland, Mariah Lawson, and Charles Maina, all of Raleigh; Osvaldo Martinez of Butner; Robyn Perry of Zebulon; Victoria Swain of Roxboro; and Carly West of Littleton. Not in attendance was Sean Murphy of Raleigh.

Dean of Health Sciences and Radiography Program Head Angela Thomas welcomed all in attendance in various languages as represented by the diverse class. These languages included Amharic, English, Swahili, and Spanish.

Dr. Rachel Desmarais followed Dean Thomas by giving accolades to the class on their accomplishments in a trying time due to the pandemic. Dr. Desmarais also wished the group well in their future endeavors and reminded the group that should they need courses in the future, VGCC would be there with open arms.

Following the welcome messages, Class President, Mariah Lawson gave a brief speech highlighting the trials the class has overcome and the good times they all shared throughout the 21-month journey. She concluded with a poem written especially for the Radiography class of 2021 which has been coined “The Best Class Ever!” Additionally, some of the graduates communicated what the program meant to them. The overall consensus was that they were more than Radiologic Technologists; they were professionals.

The Program Awarded the Academic Achievement Award to the student with the highest GPA. This year’s, the award went to Mr. Travis Banka of Durham, NC. Mr. Banka maintained a 4.0 GPA each semester for the entirety of the program. Mr. Banka readily accepted the award by thanking the Radiography Program and faculty. On behalf of the class, he thanked the faculty for giving them all the tools necessary to ensure success in the program.

Instructor Anthony Twisdale shared the history of the Radiographer’s Pin before Dean Thomas led the graduates in reciting the Radiographer’s Pledge as the ceremonies concluded.