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Over 400 degrees and diplomas were conferred at SGTC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony.


SGTC GOAL winner Chris Rushing was the keynote speaker at SGTC’s graduation ceremony.

SGTC holds Spring Commencement Ceremony
Friday June 7, 2013
South Georgia Technical College conducted its Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6th at 6pm in the James S. Peters Gymnasium on the Americus campus with a capacity crowd.

Over 400 degrees and diplomas were awarded, and 77 students were recognized as either Presidential honor or honor graduates. Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.9 to qualify as a Presidential honor graduate and a grade point average of 3.70 to 3.89 to qualify as an honor graduate.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. John Watford presided over the ceremony and introduced Rev. Bill Dupree, who gave the invocation.

SGTC President Sparky Reeves welcomed graduates and their families and recognized special guests, which included Board of Directors members Brad Lafevers, Dr. Jocelyn D. Rogers, George Bryce, Jake Everett, Paul Hall, Richard McCorkle, and Willie Patrick, and SGTC Foundation Board of Trustees members Mike Cheokas, Dan Torbert, Willie Patrick, and Sonny Shealy. Brad Lafevers, chair of the SGTC local Board of Directors, introduced the keynote speaker for the evening, Chris Rushing, SGTC’s 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner.

Rushing has served as an ambassador for technical education as SGTC’s GOAL winner and representative. He is working toward a Practical Nursing diploma, and hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner in the future. Rushing came to South Georgia Tech after deciding he wanted a change in career. “If I can do it, you can too,” said Rushing as he addressed the graduates at the ceremony. Rushing presented a positive message to the crowd about choosing a career, and not just a job. “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” said Rushing.

After Rushing’s address, President Reeves, Dr. Watford, and SGTC Assistant to the President Don Smith presented degrees and diplomas to the graduates. One hundred Associate of Applied Science degree awards were conferred and 327 diplomas were awarded.

SGTC students who earned the distinction of graduating as Presidential Honor graduates (3.9 GPA and above) and their respective fields of study included: Cortney Joyce Campbell of Cordele, Accounting; Leslie Adrienne Farmer of Cordele, Accounting (AAS); Amber Raybon of Americus, Accounting (AAS); Xin Chen of Cordele, Computer Support Specialist (AAS) and Networking Specialist (AAS); Keith M. Hall of Americus, Computer Support Specialist (AAS) and Networking Specialist (AAS); Glover Ingram, Jr. of Americus, Electronics Technology (AAS); Kyle M. Fish of Roswell, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology; Mary Pearce of Ellaville, Accounting; Crandall Jermaine Lewis of Arabi, Aircraft Structural Technology; Joshua Money of Plains, Aircraft Structural Technology; Teresa Skillman of Stockbridge, Aircraft Structural Technology; Gabriel Lee Watson of Warner Robins, Aircraft Structural Technology; Christopher Earl Blankenship of Columbus, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Benjamin Sanford Hargrove of Americus, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Justin Seeley of Americus, Aviation Maintenance Technology and Avionics Maintenance Technology; Robert Lee Sturgeon of Americus, Aviation Maintenance Technology and Avionics Maintenance Technology; Bryan P. Hodge of Arabi, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Linda R. Smithart of Cordele, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Patricia C. Tillman of Cordele, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Shay-Leigh Gill of Americus, Cosmetology; Tori Purvis of Leesburg, Cosmetology; Rachel Jaskulski of Buena Vista, Criminal Justice Technology; Christine Bell of Cordele, Culinary Arts; Langdon Wood of Montezuma, Diesel Equipment Technology; Vanecia L. Johnson of Montezuma, Early Childhood Care and Education; Jake Pittman of Leslie, Machine Tool Technology; and Michelle Leigh Polk of Americus, Medical Assisting.

SGTC students who earned the distinction of graduating as Honor graduates (3.70–3.89 GPA) and their respective fields of study included: Linda K. Tucker of Cobb, Accounting (AAS); Wesley S. Smith of Americus, Air Conditioning Technology (AAS); Francie McDaniel Bullington of Cordele, Business Administrative Technology; Melissa Taylor of Cordele, Computer Support Specialist (AAS) and Networking Specialist (AAS); Kizzy L. Eke of Americus, Criminal Justice Technology (AAS); Annie K. Streeter of Americus, Early Childhood Care and Education (AAS); Adam Beamon of Ellaville, Electronics Technology (AAS); Andrew Breinig of Nolensville, Tennessee, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS) ; James Matthew Carpenter of Tifton, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS); Blake Samuel Gent of Honaker, Virginia, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS); Spencer Thomas Griffin of Jacksonville, Florida, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS); Joseph Daniel Howe of Brandon, Mississippi, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS); Cody Richardson of Johnson City, Tennessee, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS); Jacob Woodson of Maben, Mississippi, Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology (AAS); Julia Sims of Americus, Culinary Arts (AAS) and Marketing Management (AAS); Timothy Hicks of Vienna, Welding and Joining Technology; Reba Craig Hawkins of Vienna, Accounting; Rebecca Rhodes of Abbeville, Accounting; Deodrick Kinta Barrett of Cordele, Aircraft Structural Technology; Kelli Farmer of Americus, Aircraft Structural Technology; James Harrison of Americus, Aircraft Structural Technology; Davonte Andre Major of Blakely, Aircraft Structural Technology; William C. Pingery of Warner Robers, Aircraft Structural Technology; Vivian Redding of Byromville, Aircraft Structural Technology; Kurt B. Starling of Fort Valley, Aircraft Structural Technology; Jeffrey Holloway of Leslie, Aviation Maintenance Technology and Avionics Maintenance Technology; Walter Medlin of Montezuma, Aviation Maintenance Technology; James Satterfield of Americus, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Stephanie Strickland of Americus, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Tabatha Bullington of Cordele, Business Administrative Technology; Stacy Renee Clements of Pitts, Business Administrative Technology; Onie R. McCormick of Vienna, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Jennifer Morgan of Thomasville, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Craig Damen Mygrant of Cordele, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Jeffrey Pierce of Cordele, Computer Support Specialist and Networking Specialist; Jessica Dawn Kilbourn of Concord, Cosmetology; Ebony Shanice Bryant of Americus, Criminal Justice Technology; Lisa Drake of Cordele, Culinary Arts; Barbara A. Harpe of Ideal, Culinary Arts; Rhonnecia Nicole Hamilton of Warwick, Early Childhood Care and Education; Melvin J. Porter of Cordele, Electrical Systems Technology; Derrick A. Davis of Americus, Electronics Technology; Zachary Clay Wilson of Rebecca, Electronics Technology; Stephen Harrison Christopher of Buena Vista, Machine Tool Technology; Lori Newby Conrad of Leesburg, Medical Assisting; Jennifer Ann Truman of Cordele, Medical Assisting; Joshua Cale Dixon of Poulan, Motorsports Vehicle Technology; Samantha C. Williams of Buena Vista, Motorsports Vehicle Technology; William Miller of DeSoto, Networking Specialist; and William Bell of Elko, Welding and Joining Technology.

Students who earned Associate of Applied Science degrees and their respective programs of study included: Accounting—Cortney Joyce Campbell of Cordele, Leslie Adrienne Farmer of Cordele, Elaine Delone Hicks of Americus, Pascal Hollis of Ellaville, Amber Raybon of Americus, Jonathon Lane Saylor of Rochelle, Stacy C. Scott of Americus, Lelieth E. Simpson of Americus, Gina Marie Stephens of Leslie, Linda K. Tucker of Cobb, and Sheketta Shanta Wakefield of Plains. Air Conditioning Technology—Wesley S. Smith of Americus, and James Travis Wright of Rincon. Business Administrative Technology—Erica Temekai Anthony of McDonough, Francie McDaniel Bullington of Cordele, Nyesha Nakia King of Cordele, Sybrana Morris of Warwick, Latonia West Perry of Cordele, Brittaney Peterson of Americus, and Tasha Rahman of Cordele. Computer Support Specialist—Xin Chen of Cordele, Keith M. Hall of Americus, Misty Kimrey of Vienna, Nathen Shurtleff of Americus, Crystal Bennett Stuart of Warwick, Melissa Taylor of Cordele, and Artavious D. Williams of Cordele. Criminal Justice Technology—Christina D. Akins of Americus, Christy Ladawan Brown of Americus, Latrice Burton of Americus, LaKayla Felicia Dash of Newnan; Catherine Regina Durham of Lumpkin, Kizzy L. Eke of Americus, Sondra Anitra Fulks of Americus, Tenequa Gresham of Americus, Damien Lundy of Ellaville, Dorcas Reyes of Plains, Jonathan Keith Robinson of Americus, and Kimberly Alicia Troutman of Cordele. Culinary Arts—Quina Fudge of Oglethorpe, Julia M. Sims of Americus, and Simone Alexandria Westbrooks of Americus. Drafting Technology—Ben F. Ansley, Jr. of Cordele. Early Childhood Care and Education—LaKisha Evans of Buena Vista, Janeena Hicks of Plains, Monika Hill of Americus, Jasmine LaTrese King of Americus, Nyesha King of Cordele, Tasha King of McDonough, Nicole Austin Lusane of Americus, Valisa Marie Mercer of Americus, Robin Redding of Buena Vista, Erica Reese of Americus, Mamie L. Sanders of Buena Vista, Kandice Buchanan Stewart of Plains, Annie K. Streeter of Americus, Pauline Tyson of Americus, and Demisha S. Williams of Americus. Electronics Technology—Adam Beamon of Ellaville, Zachary Lee Highnote of Vienna, and Glover Ingram, Jr. of Americus. Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology— Andrew Breinig of Nolensville, TN; Michael Lamar Cardin of Magee, MS; James Matthew Carpenter of Tifton, GA; Casey Eaves of Murfreesboro, TN; Kyle M. Fish of Roswell, GA; Blake Samuel Gent of Honaker, VA; Robert Gillingham of Jacksonville, FL; Spencer Thomas Griffin of Jacksonville, FL; Joseph Daniel Howe of Brandon, MS; Matthew A. Jones of Moulton, AL; Trey Ladner of Pass Christian, MS; Kyle Laird of Meridian, MS; Justin Mayer of Hawkinsville, GA; Kyle Merchant of Elberta, AL; Harley D. Payne of Alcoa, TN; Cody Richardson of Johnson City, TN; Dalton C. Russell of Pass Christina, MS; Sebastian Stanley of Dadeville, Al; Adam Ross Walker of Madison, MS; Johnathan Kyle Williams of Florence, MS; and Jacob Woodson of Maben, MS. Horticulture—Carrie M. Johnson of Mauk, Jami Lynn Sapp of Americus, and George Windham of Oglethorpe. Marketing Management—Brandi S. Akin of Vienna, Kevon Brown of Locust Grove, Amber Michelle Lewis of Cordele, Julia M. Sims of Americus, and Krysta Woods of Stockbridge. Networking Specialist—Freddie Lewis Bishop of Americus, Xin Chen of Cordele, Keith M. Hall of Americus, Michael Hardin of Dawson, Misty Kimrey of Vienna, Crystal Bennett Stewart of Warwick, Melissa Taylor of Cordele, and Artavious D. Williams of Cordele. Recreation and Leisure Management—Octavious Green of Gainesville, FL; and Portia McCray of Loganville.

After each graduate had received his or her award, Vice President Watford declared to President Reeves that each graduate had completed the requirements for graduation as set forth by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
Afterwards, Bill Dupree gave the benediction and the graduates recessed to Pomp and Circumstance performed by Elaine Skipper, pianist.

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