Southern Union State Community College celebrated its 93rd Commencement on May 5, 2016.
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 2016 enrollment totals 4,714 students. Three hundred degrees were conferred to graduates this spring with 165 participating in the 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 SU. “We are honored these students chose to be a part of the Southern Union family and wish them all the best in the future.”
Brigadier General Kevin Lamberth, vice superintendent of the Air Force Academy, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. A native of Bay Minette, Alabama, Lamberth focused his speech around integrity and controlling one’s own destiny.
Lamberth recalled the story of the day he visited the Air Force recruiter. He was merely tagging along with two of his friends, and only because they were heading to the mall after their meeting.
“I started from the very bottom, and realized somewhere along the way that I could control things and make things happen for myself. Out of the three of us who went to the recruiter’s office that day, I’m the only one who went into the Air Force. I don’t ever look back.”
Receiving the Award for the Most Outstanding Student in the academic division was Leah Stinespring. Christopher Jay Phillips was named Most Outstanding Student in the technical division, and Jennifer Fuller 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.