South Georgia Technical College to postpone graduation

Published 2:55 pm Monday, March 30, 2020

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AMERICUS – South Georgia Technical College President John Watford, Ed.D. has announced that the college’s Spring 2020 graduation ceremony will be postponed until a later date. Graduation had been scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the James S. Peters gymnasium.

“This is not a decision that we take lightly,” said Dr. Watford. “Graduation is postponed, not cancelled. We will find an acceptable way to honor students who have completed their education at South Georgia Technical College. Right now, we don’t know when or exactly what that will look like due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but it is important to us to recognize this accomplishment. You have earned the right to be honored and we want to honor that achievement.”

As more information becomes available, the college will share with students via email, social media, and the SGTC website.


Here is a photo of the large graduation crowd at South Georgia Technical College’s Fall 2019 ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, SGTC has postponed its Spring 2020 Graduation.
Photo by Su Ann Bird

Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, SGTC is considering moving the graduation ceremony until after restrictions are lifted. If restrictions are relaxed but not totally lifted, the college may offer smaller program specific graduations. “Graduation is important. We realize this is a moment that students and their families have worked for and are anxious to celebrate,” said Dr. Watford. “We want to celebrate this special time with our students and we pledge to do all that we can to make that happen.”

Classes are resuming on Friday, April 1 utilizing distance learning. Students who have not already done so should contact their instructors for outstanding assignments. “The most important thing right now is for students to complete spring semester, especially those who are nearing graduation,” explained Dr. Watford. “This is new territory for many instructors and students and we are working together to deliver a quality education utilizing new methods. Our goal is to help students become successful despite the COVID-19 break. If you have challenges, work with your instructor.”