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SSEM Update

Summer 2016 Edition

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Commencement Thanks - Dr. Ken Ray, Jr.

I would like to commend Jennifer Young, Ed Olmo, all Marshals, and the numerous volunteers for a successful commencement with a record-breaking 960 graduates participating!  Special thanks to our name callers, Professor Lamison and Mr. Lamison, for the wonderful job they did calling the names of our students as they walked across the stage to meet the president and receive their honor.  More than 350 students attended the Annual President’s Commencement Breakfast.  As the numbers of students attending commencement grows we will need to plan for 1000 or more students in the future.  Again special thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers:     

Graduation Volunteers

College Signing Day

On Tuesday, May 17,  Middleton High School hosted its inaugural Signing Day for graduating seniors.  The event was attended by parents of graduates, Middleton High School faculty, staff, Principal Kim Moore, HCC President Dr. Atwater, HCC Vice-President Dr. Ray, Director of Marketing Ashley Carl, and Dr. Jennifer Dale.  Fox news covered the event and  interviewed students and Middleton Principal Kim Moore.  More than 120 graduating seniors participated in the event.  Seniors were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and announced where they will continue their education post-graduation, with the vast majority selecting HCC. 

Graduation Volunteers

President Atwater addressed the students and congratulated them on their accomplishments.  He also encouraged the seniors to “Commit 2 Complete” everything they start.  Middleton was very enthusiastic about Signing Day and they plan to make it an annual event. 

FUSE Program 

FUSE logo for newsletterThe FUSE Program is a joint venture with the University of South Florida that guarantees admission into USF and provides a smooth transition to the university.   The following academic majors are currently participating in the program:

Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Art History, Biomedical Sciences, Studio Art (B.A,), Studio Art (B.F.A.), Criminology, Communication Science & Disorder Concentration Language Speech Hearing  


  • Guaranteed Admission,
    Personalized Advising (HCC & USF FUSE Advisors),
    Priority Registration,
    Workshops and Student Activities

Students must be referred to the program by the University of South Florida.  Visit our new FUSE website for more information.        

Welcome New Head Women's Basketball Coach 

Coach Chris SpringsPlease welcome Chris Springs who joins the HCC staff as head women’s basketball coach! Chris brings with him experience spanning over 24 years at the college, high school and youth competitive (AAU) levels. Following a stand-out high school basketball career, Chris was recruited by Press Maravich (father of Pistol Pete) to play for Division I Campbell University in North Carolina. After earning a BS in Sports/Fitness Administration, he returned home to Pennsylvania and served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Division II Shippensburg University for 3 years.

Chris has stayed actively involved in coaching at the high school and competitive levels in Maryland and central Florida. Most recently, he served as assistant coach at Division II St. Leo University for the past 2 years, where his responsibilities included player development, offensive and defensive strategy, and recruiting. Prior to St. Leo, he served as assistant women’s coach at Webber International University in Babson Park, FL for 3 years, where he helped lead the team to its first Sun Conference championship and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

Coach Springs is married to Michelle and their daughter, Chelsy, is a senior at St. Leo University, where she is a standout player on the women’s basketball team.

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