Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC) celebrated its 94th Commencement on May 11, 2017. Originally chartered by the Southern Christian Convention of Congregational Christian Churches, SUSCC was established in 1922 and welcomed its first class of fifty-one students in 1923. The college’s 2017 enrollment totals almost 4,800 students. Two hundred four students participated in this year’s graduation ceremony.
“Graduation is the most important day on our annual calendar because we recognize our students for their commitment and hard work in reaching their goals,” commented Dr. Glenda Colagross, Interim President at SUSCC. “We are honored these students chose to be a part of the Southern Union family and wish them all the best in the future.” Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Hawkins encouraged the students to LEAD with enthusiasm, empathy and dedication. Receiving the award for the Most Outstanding Student in the academic division was Ashley Greenwood. Tristian Jackson was named Most Outstanding Student in the technical division, and Allison Carmical was named the Most Outstanding Student in the health sciences division.
With campuses in Wadley, Opelika and Valley, Southern Union is the second oldest two-year college in the state of Alabama.