BSCTC to host Commencement Ceremonies May 5-6

Apr 24, 2017

Tony Skeans
Credit BSCTC

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host commencement ceremonies on May 5-6 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).

A ceremony for allied health (nursing, respiratory therapy, and dental hygiene) graduates will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 5. Ceremonies for all other graduates will occur at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, at the MAC.

“This is an exciting time of year for our institution,” said Jimmy Wright, dean of student services at BSCTC. This year’s graduates will earn 750 credentials. “This day is a culmination of hard work and a time of reflection and celebration for our students and those who have helped them get to this day.”

Tony Skeans will be the keynote speaker. He began his career as a prosecutor in 1999 when he accepted a position as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the 24th Circuit. He has served as Special Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Kentucky, from 2007-2010 working in public corruption prosecution.

He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, and a 1993 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He has prosecuted all levels and types of felony cases as a prosecutor, with a focus of white-collar, vehicular manslaughter, and internet crime against children. He received the 2009 White Ribbon Award for Lawrence County in recognition of his dedicated service to victims of domestic violence, and the 2007 Outstanding Service Award from the Commonwealth Attorney’s Association.

He is an active member of the Paintsville Rotary Club, serving as president in 2012, and as Assistant District Governor of Martin, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin and Morgan Counties from 2013 through 2016. He has received recognition from his club as a Paul Harris Fellow, and is a member of the Paul Harris Society. He is a member of Paintsville Masonic Lodge #381, serves as general counsel for the El Hasa Shriners Temple (Kentucky), and is a member of the local Shriners Children’s Hospital Transportation Unit.

He is the son of Floyd Skeans and Karen Martin, both of Floyd County. He lives in Paintsville with his wife, Mary. They have two children, Matthew and Elizabeth, and one grandchild, Chase.

For more information on BSCTC’s commencement ceremonies, contact Gail Cooley at (606) 886-7364 or email gail.cooley@kctcs.edu.

(story provided by BSCTC)