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Nash Community College to Hold Record Graduation

Nash Community College students, faculty and staff are preparing for record graduations on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, 2013. Nearly 600 students plan to graduate with a degree, diploma or certificate at the College’s forty-fifth graduation ceremony representing an increase in graduates of more than six percent from 2012.

Jeffrey M. Harrington, Ed.D.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Harrington, Program Manager for the United States Secret Service Presidential Protective Division, will deliver the address at the curriculum commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:00pm in the College’s Brown Auditorium. Nash Community College President William S. Carver, II, Ed.D. and Board of Trustees Chair William M. Marshburn will preside over the ceremony.

Harrington holds a Doctor of Education in Adult Education with concentration in Leadership from the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University, Master of Arts Degrees in Psychology and History from Washington College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Harrington earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York – Regents College.

Dr. Harrington is an Operation Desert Storm veteran and retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2008. In his current role, he advises Special Agents in Charge in the areas of financial management, property management and analysis, resource allocation and administrative operations. He also provides policy direction to the United States Presidential Protective Division in the initiation, development and recommendation of specific protective and operational agreements. Harrington provides technical input for the Division’s quality assurance and develops proposed overall manpower allocations and operational program plans. He is published in the areas of Adult and Continuing Education and Training and has extensive work experience in management, training, leadership and education. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Chestertown, Maryland and have three children.

Leslie D.Hall RN, MSN, NE-BC

The Associate Degree Nursing graduate pinning ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 7:45pm, immediately following the Curriculum graduation ceremony in the Brown Auditorium. This time-honored tradition connects past nursing traditions with today’s healthcare professional. Program graduates are also eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Ms. Leslie Hall, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Nash Health Care Systems, will be the guest speaker at Nash Community College’s pinning ceremony for the 2013 Associate in Applied Science degree nursing graduates. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University and Nurse Executive Basic ANCC certification. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing management, education and patient care. Her current professional involvement includes membership in the Sigma Theta Tau (Omicron Chapter) National Nursing  Honor Society, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Randy L. Whitfield, Ed.D.

Nash Community College’s Adult High School and General Education Development (GED) commencement ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium. North Carolina Community College System Associate Vice President of College and Career Readiness, Dr. Randy L. Whitfield, will deliver the address for the Adult High School and GED graduation ceremony.

Dr. Whitfield earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Reading from Appalachian State University. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Adult Literacy.

Dr. Whitfield has served as professor, coordinator and consultant in basic skills and higher education. She is the co-author of Workplace Job-Specific Skills Programs: the How-to-Do-It Manual and the Adult Basic Skills Instructor Training Manual. Whitfield is the past chairperson of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education.

Each ceremony will be held in the Nash Community College Business and Industry Center Brown Auditorium. For more information, call 252-451-8219.