Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its annual GED Graduation ceremony for the Floyd County Campus Class of 2012-13 on Thursday, September 19, at the Forum in Rome.
This year, 125 students graduated with their General Education Development diplomas from the Floyd County Campus from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Smith recognized the family members in attendance at the ceremony.
“Thank you for supporting these students as they pursue and accomplish this very significant milestone in their lives,” said Ms. Smith.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Pete McDonald, president of GNTC. Mr. McDonald encouraged graduates to continue with their education and to not look at this ceremony as the end of their studies.
“I want you to think about the future, this is the next step into your future, said Mr. McDonald. “Tonight, what you have done through your accomplishment of earning your GED - you’ve earned a ticket on the next train and I hope you will think of it as a train going on to college.”
Janice Shea, lead teacher and site manager for GNTC’s Floyd County Adult Education program announced the graduates as they walked across the stage and presented student performance and achievement awards.
“Those of you who are here tonight have taken a path that not everyone could take,” said Ms. Shea. “Each of you have shown strength of character, commitment of time and effort, and a focus on your objective that a lot people couldn’t or wouldn’t show.”