ESCC Spring Commencement 2022


After modifying graduation to accommodate the limitations brought about by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, Eastern Shore Community College returned to campus in Melfa on Wednesday, May 11th, for the 51st Annual Commencement. A crowd of nearly 600 gathered under a tent to celebrate over 90 graduates taking part in the ceremony.

ESCC graduates await their diplomas and certificates.

The commencement address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Lisa Johnson, Deputy for Diversity and Inclusion at Goddard Space Flight Center at Wallops Island. She delivered an energized presentation that pulled from her own experiences and challenges. In addition to Johnson’s role at Goddard, she has also taught part-time at both Eastern Shore Community College and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, served as Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Horntown, co-founded Time and Season Ministries, and served on the Accomack County School Board representing District 3. 

Rev. Dr. Lisa Johnson, followed by Dr. Patrick Tompkins and Rev. Kelvin Jones.

Valedictorian Kelsey Kilmon addressed the audience as the president of the ESCC Student Government Association and member of the college’s PTK Honor Society. Ms. Kilmon will be transferring to ODU where she plans to double major in criminal justice and human services. 

Valedictorian Kelsey Kilmon (C) with ESCC President Dr. Jim Shaeffer (L) and VP Dr. Patrick Tompkins (R)

An honorary degree was presented to Dr. Barbara Johnsen of Onancock for her unwavering support of local causes, including Eastern Shore Community College and her long-standing work with the ESCC Foundation. Commencement Marshal Dr. W. Alex Foxworthy greeted and announced the candidates entering the stage before receiving their certificates and diplomas from ESCC President Dr. Jim Shaeffer and Vice President of Academics, Dr. Patrick Tompkins. 

Honorary degree recipient Dr. Barbara Johnson of Onancock.

The event was also an opportunity to present faculty recognition for teaching effectiveness, community impact, and leadership. The highest honor, the Faculty Award for Professional Excellence, was presented to Dr. Julie Nash, Professor of Psychology.

Commencement Marshal Dr. W. Alex Foxworthy leads the processional.