Dr. Cerrissa Hugie, a 2014 graduate of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s Practical Nursing program, will serve as keynote speaker at the college’s spring graduation.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on the campus of South Carolina State University.
Hugie – a former OCtech adjunct PN instructor – is founder of MyNDSpace Mental Health Education and Consulting, which aims to promote mental health awareness, reduce mental health disparities in underserved communities, and be a bridge between community and faith organizations to professional mental health services. Hugie serves as an online faculty member with the University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing and works as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in an outpatient mental health clinic.
Prior to completing OCtech’s PN program, Hugie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in social work from USC. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and a master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. Hugie and her husband, Tracy, live in Hollywood. She has two stepchildren, Jordan and Savana.
Hundreds of students will receive an associate’s degree, diploma and/or certificate in advanced manufacturing, nursing and health science, computer technology, business, education, criminal justice and other OCtech programs of study at the ceremony.
Registration is currently underway for summer and fall classes. For more information, visit octech.edu or call 803-535-1234.