Photo: Members of the graduating class of the Sovah School of Health Professions are (from left to right) Emily Hite, Lindsey Plemons, Summer Henderson, Sarah Jo Hite, Leneefah Samuel, Makenzie Beale, Brittany Salas, Martia Payne, Macy Phelps, and Hannah Kallam.
The Sovah School of Health Professions held its 17th annual graduation ceremony on August 7, 2020 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. This year’s class had 10 graduates who earned their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology and nine graduates received honors: Sarah Jo Hite and Emily Hite were honored as summa cum laude graduates, Makenzie Beale, Summer Henderson, Hannah Kallam, Martia Payne, Lindsey Plemons, and Brittany Salas were all honored as magna cum laude graduates, and Leneefah Samuel was honored as a cum laude graduate. Sarah Jo Hite and Emily Hite both received the Academic Achievement Award for highest cumulative GPA. The Clinical Excellence Award was also presented to Sarah Jo Hite. The JRCERT Certificate of Excellence Award was presented to Lindsey Plemons.
The graduating class honored four technologists in recognition of exceptional mentoring and instruction of student technologists in the clinical setting. These recipients were selected from a group of more than 100 technologists employed by the program’s clinical affiliates. This year’s winners included Charlotte Adkins of Sovah Danville, Lauren Haymore of UNC Rockingham and Sovah Danville, Karley Lester of Spectrum Medical, and Macy McBride of Sovah Martinsville who also received the honor of being selected as Technologist of the Year.
After graduating, students face one last hurdle before becoming registered technologists. All 2020 graduates completed and passed the ARRT certification exam, resulting in a 100% pass rate. The program faculty are very proud of this year’s graduating class and congratulate them on all of their accomplishments.