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The Halifax Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Tuesday delivered its summer donations to the Halifax County Department of Social Services.  

During the month of April, PTK advisor Gary R. Redding shared that members collected summer donations for local young people from HCC’s students, faculty, staff, and others.

These donations included summer clothes, bottled water, toothbrushes and toothpaste, bar soap, coloring and activity books, chapter books, board games, footballs and basketballs, bubble wands, hula hoops, and more.

HCC President Michael Elam told the DSS staff, “We are so proud of HCC’s PTK chapter and its continued efforts to support our local communities.  Each year PTK chooses an end-of-semester community service project to do in Halifax County or Northampton County.  “Their donation drive this semester was particularly important because so many area young people have been deprived of meaningful resources because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Halifax County DSS Director Felicia Exum thanked PTK’s advisor and members for their donation drive that will benefit many area young people.  

Additionally, Exum indicated that she looked forward to DSS staff members visiting HCC in the near future to speak to students about promising career opportunities in the social work field.

PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges, particularly community colleges and junior colleges. 

PTK’s international headquarters encourage local chapters to involve its members in campus and community service projects.

Four-day work week

HCC will operate on a four-day work week schedule beginning May 17, with the hours being Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

On Fridays the campus will have limited operations, such as the Griffin Centre, and selected workforce and economic development classes. 

This schedule will continue through July 31.

All information and services can be accessed through the HCC website.

To ensure the safety for all faculty, staff, students and visitors, HCC will continue with temperature checks upon entrance to the campus, social distancing and preventive cleaning measures to ensure a safe environment. All visitors to the HCC campus will still be required to be screened and wear a mask.

“The safety of everyone while on the HCC campus is our primary focus,” Elam said. “Throughout the past year, our dedicated staff have maintained a safe environment for the campus. During the summer, we will continue that effort, and students, staff, and the community can expect full service from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.” 


Halifax Community College will host a virtual graduation on May 15 at noon for all students receiving associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. 

The ceremony can be accessed through the HCC website or this link

United States Secretary of Education Miguel Angel Cardona will be the commencement speaker

He will present the address to 206 graduates of HCC programs and courses of study. Credentials to be awarded include 59 associate in arts degrees, 11 associate in science degrees, six associate in general education degrees, 68 associate in applied science degrees, 11 diplomas, and 100 certificates.  

Pre-graduation activities begin at 10:30 a.m. and graduation begins at noon. 

Graduation is being held virtually due to the safety precautions in effect at HCC.