On May 12, as part of Rappahannock Community College’s 45th Commencement exercise, longtime RCC staff member, Sandy Darnell, will carry the mace, which is used in the college’s ceremonies as recognition to the bearer for his or her service and leadership to the college.
Darnell serves the College as a student counselor and has been in that position for over 25 years. She will tell you that loves the faculty and students she works with. Before becoming a counselor, Darnell received her bachelor’s in psychology from Christopher Newport University, and master’s in psychology from Radford University.
Darnell finds the most rewarding aspect of her career is watching the students she counseled reach his or her educational goals and overcome their challenges.
Apart from her time at RCC, she has worked for Gloucester Social Services, Riverside School of Nursing, and as a counselor for many patients at clinics and facilities.
A 30-year resident of Gloucester County, Darnell is married to her husband, Rick Darnell, a former college graduate of RCC, with whom she has two children and three grandchildren.