Students who were candidates for graduation from West Kentucky Community and Technical College in the associate in applied science degree program were:

Rebekah Michelle Maloney; Michael Ryan McDowell and Abby Lee Reece, from Lyon County were Amber Dawn Berry, Charles Landon Millikan, Brookelyn Nicole Perry; associate in arts degree from Lyon County included Jessica Jean Dalbey, Michael Harrison Hubbard, Tucker Blake Ramey; associate in science from Caldwell County was Jon Stone Cochran; from Lyon County were Kayla Renee Hillyard, and Kayden Elisabeth Watts.

Those receiving certificates from Caldwell County were Jasmine Creager, Samuel David Grace, Emmanuel Shane Hughes, Maekayla Lewis, Chansey Paige Markham, William Drake Mcconnell, Macey Lynn Mullen, Dylan Cole Peek, Meagan Riley, Jacob Ryan Scheidler, Jimmy Dom Smith, Kari Nicole Street, Justin (Brady) Kyle Witherspoon, Morgan Elizabeth Witherspoon, and Aaron Michael Ziobro; Lyon County included Carol Louise Baier, Halle Bingham, Cody Doom, Brittney Joe Downing, Helen Michelle Evans, April Grace Daut Higgins, Vincent K Hoover, Jessica Rayanne Howell, Nathan Mcdowell, Dallas Adrian Nichols, and Chase Mitchell Young.

WKCTC recognized more than 1,000 candidates for graduation during walk-thru Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies that aired on the college’s Facebook page and YouTube channels on Dec. 11, 2021.

More than 115 WKCTC students participated in one of three ceremonies and were recognized by the highest credential earned at WKCTC. Speakers for the programs included Dr. Anton Reece, WKCTC president; Dr. Uppinder Mehan, vice president of academic affairs, Chris Black, chair of Paducah Junior College, Inc.’s Board of Trustees, Charles Murphy, chair of WKCTC’s Board of Directors, and Kristian Clayton, president of WKCTC’s student government association.

Featured speaker Megan Greenwell of McCracken County described her journey to becoming a sonographer — something she had always wanted to do despite being told she might never be able to use her left hand because of a neurological movement disorder.

“I was afraid that I would never be able to fulfill my dreams of becoming a sonographer because of my hand,” the 20-year-old Greenwell told her fellow candidates for graduation. “But now here I am, and I couldn’t be happier with the career decision I made.”

Reece said many WKCTC’s students and graduates have stories like Megan’s.

“We’re so proud of all of you. No matter the obstacle; no matter the circumstances, you did it,” Reece said. “Good luck, and don’t forget, you’ve got this!”