SGTC holds fall semester GED graduation ceremony

Published 11:15 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) held its 2018 Fall General Educational Development Diploma (GED) Graduation ceremony recently in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the SGTC Americus campus.
Kaydon Wallis, a 2018 GED graduate from SGTC, was guest speaker at the ceremony where 43 students from Sumter, Crisp, Schley, Macon, Marion, Taylor, and Webster counties received their general equivalency diplomas.
SGTC President John Watford, Ed.D., welcomed the graduates, faculty members, family, and friends who came to the Pope Center for the ceremony. He also congratulated the graduates on their achievements and told them that graduations were one of the most favorite parts of his job as president. “You are here today and you deserve to be honored for your accomplishment of achieving this diploma. Congratulations on your decision to attend South Georgia Technical College. Congratulations on choosing to earn your GED and to come to class. There is nothing that you cannot conquer or overcome now, but you have come too far to only come this far. I encourage you to continue your educational journey,” said Watford.
Watford also shared with the graduates, their families, and friends that college admissions’ officials were waiting in the lobby to accept an application for Spring Semester 2019, which starts Jan. 9, 2019. “We are waiving the $25 application fee for anyone who applies tonight. Each of these graduates will also receive a $500 scholarship for attaining their GED diploma, so it just makes sense to continue your education.”
Lillie Ann Winn, South Georgia Tech Dean of Adult Education, echoed Watford’s congratulations and then introduced Wallis, as guest speaker for the event. He earned the right to speak by scoring the highest cumulative score on the GED exams. He has also served as a volunteer and mentor to the other GED graduates.
“I am here today because my sister urged me to come to South Georgia Technical College and that decision started me on my course to success,” said Wallis, who also shared some of the obstacles he has had to overcome in his life to get to this point. “We are here today because we never gave up. We fought hard for this day. We did it. We stared in the face of adversity and we overcame. Now the sky is the limit and we will soar like Jets.”
After Wallis’ talk, Watford, SGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs David Kuipers and Dean of Adult Education Winn recognized the graduates and presented them with their diplomas.
Adult Education instructor, the Rev. Robbie Edalgo delivered the invocation at the ceremony. Lisa Truitt provided the piano selections including the traditional processional and music for the graduates.
Listed below are the GED graduates from the individual counties who earned the right to participate in the ceremony.
Sumter County: Valerie Ballesteros, Sierra Binion, Damon Cobb, Jason Cooke, Jacob Currington, Ruby Garcia, Laquwanna Gordon, Alexis Grimes, Victoria Guerra, Hannah Harbuck, Bradley Harmon, Benjamin Kuipers, James McAllister, Hayley Phillips, Angel Quaile, Marco Smith, Brandon Story, Kaydon Wallis, Curtis West, and Lakeshia Williamson;
Crisp County: Jasmine Bleau, William Gaskin, Jailey Guined, Jared Satterfield, Sheena Thornton, Elizabeth Vasquez, and Latesa Wiggins;
Marion County: Misty Belcher, Melissa Burrill, Katelyn Crawford, and Destiny Frazier;
Macon County: Emilene Brenneman, Louis Esh, Richard Hardee, Keyon Harris, Shaleigh Howell, Hannah Simpson, Regina Yoder, Sharon Yoder, and Shirley Yoder;
Taylor County: Braden Cotney and Flora Youngblood;
Webster County: Kabrian Moses.
Kenia Wills is a GED Examiner. The SGTC Adult Education instructors include John Bagwell, Cindy Bagwell, Robbie Edalgo, Betty Ann Eschmann, Lissa Faircloth, Alanna Goolsby, Angie Kauffman, Mary King, Connie Mathis, Leslie Rye, Tonya Visage, Virginia Wilson. and Mary Wooldridge. Tracy Israel is the Adult Education Transition Specialist.