St. Johns River State College criminal justice academy cadets were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony. Cadets representing St. Johns, Clay, Putnam, Duval and other counties received their certificates of completion for the law enforcement basic recruit and corrections basic recruit programs.
SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., captivated the graduates and their families as the evening’s guest speaker. During his speech, which included remarks from the famous 1952 speech of Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat Jr., Pickens stressed the importance of being mindful of other people and always listening to the other side.
In his closing remarks to the graduates, Pickens said, “Ladies and gentleman, the career that you are about to embark on, to me, represents the truest form of public service. And for your willingness to embark on such a noble career, I want to say thank you and God speed.”
Special recognition in the basic law enforcement class went to Kyle Cubbedge, of St. Johns County, who received the “Medallion Award” for highest overall achievement, as well as Kenneth Mangold, also of St. Johns County, for “Highest Academic Achievement.”
Special recognition in the corrections class went to Nassau County resident Brian Daniels for “Highest Academic Achievement” and Taylor Palmer, of Putnam County, for the “Medallion Award.” Duval County resident Marc Campbell received the “Warrior Award” in recognition of his strong determination to overcome challenges and his “never quit” mindset.
Sharing special remarks with their fellow graduates, cadets Mangold and Palmer expressed the sentiment of “family” which exists among those within the law enforcement occupation. “Before, you could name a group of men and women who came in as individuals,” Mangold said, adding “Regardless of where they end up, you can rest assured they will have 22 brothers and sisters who will always have their backs.”
Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from St. Johns County: Travis Allen, Hillary Carrigg, Kyle Cubbedge, Austin Jackson, Kenneth Mangold, Charles Moneypenny, Sierra Moody and Dondre Williams.
Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Putnam County: Thomas Brown, Michael Cox, Donavan Green and Neil Reidenbaugh.
Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Duval County: Korey Cladd, Erika Lavender, Sadie Seger and Brad Stogdon.
Law enforcement basic recruit graduate from Miami-Dade County: Lucas McConaughey.
Corrections graduate from St. Johns County: Kimberly Stephens.
Corrections graduates from Clay County: Dakota Bell and Ryan Jenkins.
Corrections graduates from Putnam County: Lacey Crisler, Terrance Haynes Sr., Taylor Palmer, Kelsey Richie and Jacob Jepson.
Corrections graduate from Duval County: Marc Campbell.
Corrections graduate from Nassau County: Brian Daniels.
The ceremony was held at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. The Thrasher-Horne Center is owned and operated by SJR State College and is located on the Orange Park campus.
The criminal justice certificate programs provide job-related training to prepare cadets for entry-level employment in their career field. Cadets who complete the certificate programs will be eligible to take the state certification exam. The certificates also provide credit hours to be transferred into SJR State’s associate in science degree in criminal justice technology. The program is located on the St. Augustine campus.
Applications are currently being accepted for 2016 enrollment in the law enforcement and corrections programs. Day classes for the law enforcement program are scheduled to begin in January, with evening classes beginning in August. For more information about SJR State’s criminal justice programs, call (904) 808-7490 or visit the website at SJRstate.edu/criminaljustice.html.