HCC commencements celebrate student achievement, drive

Hopkinsville Community College held their spring commencements Friday where they celebrated the accomplishments and drive of the graduating students.

Roughly 321 HCC students applied for 642 credentials, including 209 two-year degrees, 22 diplomas and 411 certificates. HCC President and CEO Dr. Alissa Young congratulated the graduates on their success, saying it takes dedication and spirit to pursue higher education, and they did not let any circumstance hold them back.

Student Government Association President Megan Marle says these graduates have had to face unique challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for the last two years, and they rose to the challenge.

This year’s prestigious Spirit Cup Outstanding Hopkinsville Community College Graduate Award went to Clarksville resident and nursing student Hannah Zaborowsky—to be eligible for the Spirit Cup, the student must meet exacting criteria including, be graduating with an associate degree, be actively involved in the college, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have demonstrated leadership ability. She also received the Outstanding Nursing Student Award.

Two students were recognized as being part of the KCTCS All-Academic Team—Haylee Vass of Pembroke and Gabriela Caceres of Clarksville. The All-Academic Team recognizes 32 of the system’s most outstanding students from the 16 KCTCS institutions across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.