(Marietta, Ga. – May 13, 2013) More than 450 graduates of Georgia’s largest technical college were honored in a ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Monday with approximately 200 walking in the ceremony. The ceremony honored those completing their programs of study during the spring semester, including 31 students who completed an associate of applied science or diploma program with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
“We will hand out around 2,500 degrees, diplomas and certificates during 2013,” said Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb. “This is an exciting time for not only graduates, but also for the students, faculty and staff of Chattahoochee Technical College, as we work to ensure that CTC remains the accessible, affordable and quality educational institution it has been to thousands of students in its history.”
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.
The ceremony featured two speakers – CTC GOAL winner and student of the year Chris Rosson and Georgia Lt. Governor 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 that 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, 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.”
Marietta resident and Horticulture graduate Taryn McCain agreed. The former Kennesaw State University student in Psychology said she appreciated the college’s program offerings, having chosen to attend specifically for horticulture and landscape design.
“I really enjoyed my time at CTC and loved how close my program got,” McCain said, who is currently working at a facility in Woodstock and running her own pottery business. “I have a sense of accomplishment after every class. Doing hands on activities really helps you learn.”
View a photo gallery from the event here.