Chattahoochee Technical College will hand out around 2,500 degrees, diplomas and certificates during 2013, said College President Ron Newcomb.
Popular programs for graduates this term include radiographic technology, accounting and electrical/computer engineering technology. More than 640 degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded in the ceremony to graduates as young as 19 and as old as 68.
Monday’s ceremony featured two speakers — CTC GOAL winner and student of the year Chris Rosson and Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Both spoke to the graduates and audience of the pride they should have in their accomplishment and the hope for a brighter future.
“If you fall, you must keep looking up and forward,” said Rosson. “That is what will keep you on the right path.”
Cagle reminded the students that they will change their paths many times, but they are off to a great start by focusing on education.
“I’ve always said that the key to success is a good educational foundation,” Cagle said. “That’s what you’ve proven you have today. You are on your way to a better tomorrow.”
Among those being honored Monday for a 4.0 grade point average was Sanford Stephens Jr. Stephens, of Cherokee County, who studied for a degree in business management. planning to attend Reinhardt University this fall to work on his 4-year degree, Stephens said his advice to students was simple — do your homework.
“I am graduating with a 4.0 GPA primarily because I did every homework assignment completely and on time,” said Stephens. “Instructors are more apt to work with a student who completes their assignments.”