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Campus Welcomes Radio Personality Jay Alexander as Commencement Speaker

May 20, 2014

Eighty-eight delighted graduates earned their credentials and were able to make the walk of honor to receive their degrees during the Lexington Campus commencement ceremony which was held at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church.

The guest speaker for this year's ceremony was regional radio personality Jay Alexander.  Jay said that he began his career in radio "in my early teens.”  “My 8th grade class visited a working radio station on a field trip and it all began then,” said Mr. Alexander. 

After graduating from the Carolina School of Broadcasting in 1982, Jay began his steady climb to radio stardom.  A terrific offer brought Jay to Lexington in 1988, and he’s still working for the famous 1079 'The Beat' --an FM station which, thanks to his loyal fan base, has been named  'Most Listened To Radio Station' in Lexington since the year 2000.  His speech was inspirational to everyone - giving credence to the belief that you can accomplish anything in life if you put your heart into your efforts.

The Alumni Hall of Achievement Award, which is given to a graduate who has excelled in their careers and in service to their community, was awarded to Glenda Humphries, a 2009 graduate of the surgical technology program who is working at Clark Regional Medical Center and also as an instructor at the Lexington Campus.


Awards that were distributed at the ceremony were:
E. M. Coulter Award- Kristin N. Kerby, Mary Y. Scott, Mary Coronado, Candace D. Gentry
M. A. Smythe Award- Joshua W. Mattingly
Mary P. McGurn Award- Shauna Jean Isgrigg
Joseph E. Hurn Award- Timothy L. Kent, Hanna B. Puckett, Kimber Anne Price
Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award- Attila Bodi, Kayla Marie Quinley
Achievement Award- Terry L. Edwards
Alumni Hall of Achievement- Glenda Humphries

A- Lexington campus director Kim Thomasson is shown with commencement speaker Jay Alexander, radio personality for 1079 ‘The Beat’.

B- Graduates from (l) to (r)are:  Melissa Bateman, Tiffany Bellfield, Melena Blair, and Kristin Kerby.  All four received medical assisting associate’s degrees. 

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