Don Tomas graduation 2020

Holly Phillips of Tuckasegee receives her degree from SCC President Don Tomas during Southwestern Community College’s graduation ceremony Dec. 18.

More than 180 graduates earned their associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates from Southwestern Community College in the fall semester.

Among the graduates, 16 earned Cum Laude honors (3.50-3.69 GPA), while 20 were named Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89 GPA) and 12 were Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00 GPA).

Five graduates are New Century Scholars, who were identified as “high-potential” students when they were in the seventh grade. After meeting expectations in academics, behavior and service learning, these students were guaranteed the opportunity of an education at Southwestern without tuition and fees.

The following list of Jackson County graduates includes field of study, type of academic credential earned and – when applicable – academic honors.

Cashiers: Wendy Rianan Buksch, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology - Software and Web Development; Gregory Allen Cowen, Certificate, Welding Technology.

Cherokee: Donna Lynn Armachain, Certificate, Accounting and Finance, Certificate, Accounting and Finance – Tax Accounting; Samantha Alexis Bark, Diploma, Office Administration, Magna Cum Laude, Certificate, Office Administration, National Technical Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma; Cayla Blayne Cucumber, Certificate, Business Administration, Alpha Beta Gamma; Kenneth Dwight Dawkins, Certificate, Accounting and Finance; Lucretia Hicks Dawkins, Associate in Applied Science, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude; Bettina Sue Hornbuckle, Diploma, Office Administration; Devan Kyle Price, Certificate, Information Technology – Network Management Operating System; Miranda Adine Rae Smith, Certificate, Business Administration; Michael David Thompson, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology – Support and Services, Summa Cum Laude, National Technical Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma; Michael David Thompson, Certificate, Information Technology – Support and Services User Support, National Technical Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma; Brittany Welch, Associate in Arts; William Cody Wolfe, Certificate, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology.

Cullowhee: Bonnie J. Adams, Certificate, Business Administration, National Technical Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma; Aleta Faith Cody, Associate in Arts, Summa Cum Laude; Ashley Christine Frey, Associate in Arts; Nathaniel Paxton Jehlen, Associate in Arts; Caleb Nathaniel Mathis, Associate of Arts, Early College; Diedre Leanne Mathis, Certificate, Accounting and Finance, National Technical Honor Society; Joktan Quincell Moore, Associate in Arts; Hayley Kearstin Moralez, Associate in Arts; Zane Anderson Sink, Associate in Applied Science, Automotive Systems Technology, Certificate, Automotive Systems Technology Basic; Amber Ward Stevens, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, National Technical Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma; Marilyn Jamiel Tollie, Associate in General Education.

Dillsboro: Selena Marie Robertson, Associate of Arts, Early College, National Technical Honor Society.

Glenville: Dana Lynne Dimantova, Associate in Applied Science, Advertising and Graphic Design; Josue Morales, Associate in Applied Science, Computer Engineering Technology, Cum Laude.

Sylva: Chad Afriat, Associate in Arts; Jessica Rae Canaday, Associate in Arts; Melissa Amber Clayton, Associate in Applied Science, Criminal Justice Technology, Summa Cum Laude; Abbie Liane Cyr, Associate in Arts, New Century Scholar; Angel Davis, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Office Administration, Cum Laude; Joanna Leigh Dean, Associate in Arts; Tristan Isaac Ellis, Certificate, Emergency Medical Science; Jake Escudero, Associate in Arts; Leigh Mashon Gaddis, Associate in Applied Science, Human Services Technology; Araceli Nicole Garcia, Certificate, Cosmetology (1,500 hours); Briana Jilpas, Certificate, Cosmetology (1,500 hours); Lacee D’Ann Johnson, Certificate, Medical Assisting; Zada L Lail, Certificate, Human Services Technology, Certificate, Human Services Technology – Substance Abuse, National Technical Honor Society; Matthew Jacob Lewis, Certificate, Information Technology – Software and Web Development Programming; Jade Taylor Magestro, Certificate, Cosmetology (1,500 hours); Chris Harold McMahan, Certificate, Welding Technology; John Michael Middleton, Certificate, Human Services Technology; Rebecca Diane Miller, Certificate, Office Administration; Jordan Paige Mills, Certificate, Business Administration; James Alexander Powell, Certificate, Information Technology – Network Management Operating System; Kaitlin Ann Wood, Associate in Arts, Cum Laude; Dominic Antonio Zullo, Associate in Arts.

Tuckasegee: Thomas Kaiser Beutell, Certificate, Business Administration; Holly Nicole Phillips, Associate in Arts, New Century Scholar; Samantha Paige Owen, Associate in Applied Science, Early Childhood Education.

Webster: Amy Denise Coggins, Certificate, Accounting and Finance – Bookkeeping, Certificate, Accounting – Tax Accounting; Carrie Jo Shuler, Associate in Applied Science, Human Services Technology, Cum Laude, National Technical Honor Society.

Whittier: Elizabeth Bryar Buchanan, Associate in Arts, New Century Scholar; Jessica Buchanan, Certificate, Early Childhood Education; Lillian Chickilelie Byrd, Certificate, Information Technology – Network Management Operating System; Theodore Clyde Hoyle, Associate in Applied Science, Advertising and Graphic Design, Cum Laude; Zachery Daniel Jones, Associate in Arts; Radiance L. Ramirez, Associate in Applied Science, Advertising and Graphic Design, Magna Cum Laude; Alma Gail Russ, Associate in Applied Science, Outdoor Leadership, Magna Cum Laude; Kim Benfield Silvers, Associate in General Education, Magna Cum Laude, National Technical Honor Society; Trina Diane Sneed, Certificate, Business Administration; Amanda Viola Towns, Associate in General Education; Annette Uskoski, Certificate, Nurse Aide; Rachel Alaine Williams, Certificate, Cosmetology (1,500 hours).