Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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December 13, 2010

SGTC holds Commencement ceremony

AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) conducted its fall quarter Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in the James S. Peters Gymnasium on the Americus campus with a capacity crowd.

Over 250 students, fourteen of which were honor graduates, received awards of either an associate degree or a diploma during the fall quarter commencement ceremony. Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.9 to qualify as an honor graduate.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Robbie S. Latimore, Ed.D., presided over the ceremony and introduced the Rev. Bill Dupree who gave the invocation.

SGTC President Sparky Reeves welcomed graduates and their families and recognized special guests. Paul Hall, chair of the SGTC local board of directors, introduced the keynote speaker for the evening, Mike Enfinger of Americus, SGTC’s 2010 Instructor of the Year. He is the industrial electrical instructor for the SGTC Crisp County Center campus.

“Tonight is recognition of a job well done,” said Enfinger when he addressed the 2010 SGTC graduates and their families. “Graduates, you have made all of us very proud.  Each of you are a valuable natural resource and will be a valuable resource for our community, state, and nation in the years to come.”

Enfinger challenged the graduates to “be leaders in your chosen fields. Your education has put you on the path to success. Education is a lifelong process, continue to work hard and enjoy the benefits of your work. South Georgia Tech has helped you to become the best you can be today and also has helped prepare you to be the best you can be tomorrow.”

After Enfinger’s address, President Reeves, Latimore, and Don Smith, assistant to the president, presented the diplomas to the graduates. Fifty-eight students received associate of applied science degrees and 197 diplomas were awarded.

Students who earned the distinction of graduating with honors and their respective fields of study included: early childhood care and education, Sheila Akandu of Americus; early childhood care and education (AAS), Tanya Farrow of Cordele; business administrative technology, Terri Battle of Americus and Francie McDaniel of Cordele; business administrative technology (AAS), Christina Craig of Cordele; environmental horticulture, Sandra Buchanan of Plains; marketing management (AAS), Marie Galamba-Pierce of Cordele; welding and joining technology, John Michael Holder of Cordele; computer support specialist (diploma & AAS) and networking wpecialist (diploma & AAS), Darron Jackson of Americus; accounting, Charlotte Munden of Rochelle; electrical construction and maintenance and industrial electrical technology; Gary K. Priest of Cordele; electronics technology, Sandra W. Smith of Cordele; automotive technology, Paul Tallman of Ellaville; and avionics maintenance technology, William Bryan Wilson of Americus.

Fifty-eight students earned associate of applied science degrees and those students and their programs of study included: accounting, Alicia Dudley and Tammy Hamilton of Americus, Brenda Byron and Pamela Reese of Cordele, Charlotte Munden of Rochelle, Mica Lashae Owens of Pitts and Connie Harvey Smith of Albany; air conditioning technology, Renea Mumford Mann of Americus; business administrative technology, Bernadette D. Bell, Mary Solomon Cladd, Alicia Dudley, Lysistra Anita Thomas and Brittany Wilson of Americus, Jonathan Banks and Jessica Bridges of Preston, Christina Marie Craig and Kennethia Marie Tukes of Cordele, Tara Yates Harris of Plains, and Tabitha Shena Pines of Ellaville; computer support specialist, Miranda H. Drury of Hortense, Amneh Sifyan Elyaman, John Ford Guttery, Darron Jackson and Michael J. Wilkerson of Americus, Connie Harvey Smith of Albany and Kennethia Marie Tukes of Cordele; criminal justice technology, Tina Bradley, William Jerome Dodson, Beverly Lorinda Laster, James Windell Thomas, II, Brian K. Thornton and Tony LaMaurice Watson of Americus, Joanna Glover, Yolanda Peacole Hunt, Tasha Rahman, Pamela Reese, Santana L. Sanders and Ciera Davis Smith of Cordele, and Tammy Wodzinski of Ellaville; culinary arts, Tony LaMaurice Watson of Americus; drafting, Sam Cowan of Americus; early childhood care & education, Vernette Regina Bryant, Tanya Farrow and Eloise Stubbs of Cordele, Lora Colbert Evans of Vienna, Shawanna Nycole Glover of Pineview, Procethia Jenkins of Lumpkin; electronics technology, Christopher Edward Sinnott of Ideal, Corey Speegle of Leesburg and Mark Darnell Williams of Americus; environmental horticulture, Sandra R. Buchanan of Plains, marketing management, Marie Susan Galamba-Pierce of Cordele, Tereon Harvey of Kathleen and TaKenya Jordan, Christopher P. Labedz and Lauren-Leigh P. Marchant of Americus; networking specialist, John Ford Guttery and Darron Jackson of Americus.

Members of the National Technical Honor Society included: Terri Battle, Sandra Buchanan, Christina Craig, Marie Galamba-Pierce, John Michael Holder, Darron Jackson, Francie McDaniel, Charlotte Munden, Gary K. Priest, Michael J. Wilkerson, Charles George Cooper Jr.; Scott McLean, William Bryan Wilson, Emma J. Rush, Mary Woodall Phillips, Kimberly Brown, Carol D. Cowan and Cesar E. Tejada.

Afterwards, Dupree gave the benediction and the graduates recessed to the music of Pomp and Circumstance performed by Elaine Skipper, pianist.

Graduates and their families were invited to a reception in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center, after the commencement ceremony.

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