College of The Albemarle (COA) honored nine graduates at the Surgical Technology Graduation and Pinning Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 12. This ceremony marks history for COA as these students are the first graduating class to receive an Associate Degree in Surgical Technology. Prior to this year, Surgical Technology students earned diplomas. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and serves a leading industry in our region.
Families, friends, faculty and staff came out to support the graduates including Board of Trustee Vice-Chair, Mr. Marion Harris and wife Wilma. President Robert Wynegar stated it was “an absolute joy” to be a part of the ceremony and Brandy Wooten, Program Coordinator and Instructor stated she hoped they would “put as much determination and motivation in their career as they have in this past year.”
Ms. Stephanie Zaller and Ms. Tammy Cayton were awarded Academic Recognition, and Ms. Stephanie Zaller was awarded the Academic Excellence and Albemarle Hospital Volunteer Career Scholarship.
Student, Ashley Ferguson thanked the faculty for making their education experience as enjoyable as possible.
Back row: Traci Simmons of Currituck County, Taylor Williams of Pasquotank County, Tammy Cayton of Washington County, McKenzie Evans of Perquimans County
Front row: Ashley Ferguson of Currituck County, Aysa Lucket of Pasquotank County, Stephanie Zaller of Currituck County, Ashlyn Cobb of Bertie County, Kimberlee Snyder of Gates County