Spartanburg Community College holds graduation ceremony on campus green

May 18, 2023

Former SC Representative Rita Allison Delivers Address

On Thursday, May 4th, thousands of individuals gathered to celebrate at Spartanburg Community College’s graduation ceremony on the Campus Green of the College’s Giles Campus. A total of 717 degrees and certificates were conferred upon SCC’s Class of 2023, which consists of 616 graduates.

“Sixty years ago, Spartanburg Community College opened its doors to its first 150 students. Today, more than 600 graduates will receive their degree or certificate from one of our more than 70 different programs and enter the next phase of their journey to Dream it, Chase it, and Live it,” said Dr. Michael Mikota, president of SCC. “Each of our graduates has a dream and, thanks to Spartanburg Community College, they have been empowered to chase those dreams and are prepared in mind and resources to leave an unmistakable impact on their respective communities that will reverberate for generations to come.”

In recognition of her years of service to education and unparalleled support for the College, SCC welcomed former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Mrs. Rita Allison to deliver the commencement address.

“Education is mankind’s most enduring asset, we need to treasure it, nurture it, share it. And invest it in a better future and quality of life for oneself and all the lives they touch,” said Rep. Rita Allison. “SCC gives that quality education and that pathway for success.”

As part of a return to tradition, the College relaunched the Faculty of the Year recognition as part of the 2023 Commencement Ceremony, recognizing the work of outstanding faculty members who go above and beyond in support of the College’s mission and vision. The award is presented in two categories, with the recipient of one being nominated by students and the other being nominated by their peers.

Jay Moore is a highly experienced Horticulture Instructor who has taught a wide variety of courses in his field at SCC for over 14 years and has twice been the recipient of the Faculty of the Year – Student Award. He can add an additional award to his collection thanks to his recognition as the 2023 Faculty of the Year – Student Award.

Magaly Littlejohn has served as a Sociology Instructor at SCC for more than 20 years and has served as the Social Sciences Department Chair for the past 13 years. Through her years of service, Magaly has been instrumental in the development and implementation of several new programs that have benefited the college and the community. Her work and dedication have earned her the distinction of being the recipient of the 2023 Faculty of the Year – Peer Award.

The Class of 2023 has 59 graduates with a 4.0 GPA and 320 graduates with a GPA of 3.5-3.99.

The top programs represented by the Class of 2023 are the Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics, Associate of Science in Pre-Health, Associate of Applied Science in Management, and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.