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South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves is shown above (l to r) with three generations of South Georgia Tech graduates. Marilyn Duke graduated in Cosmetology in 1971 and she is shown with her daughter, Bridget Duke Adkins, who graduated in Office Education in 1988 and her grandson, the newest graduate, Dellard Adkins who received his Criminal Justice Diploma in 2014.

Three generations of SGTC graduates
Wednesday July 2, 2014
Dellard Sky Adkins of Vienna was one of the over 400 students who participated in South Georgia Technical College’s 2014 commencement ceremony recently. Once he received his diploma from South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves, he became the third generation of his family to graduate from South Georgia Tech.

Dellard Adkins earned a diploma in Criminal Justice Technology and both Dellard’s mother and grandmother, who are graduates of South Georgia Tech, were in the audience to see him walk across the stage in his cap and gown.

His mother, Bridget Duke Adkins, was a 1988 graduate of South Georgia Technical Institute and received an Office Education Diploma. She brought her 1988 diploma which certified that she had completed the requirements of the course in Office Education under standards approved by the Department of Technical and Adult Education in September 1988. It was signed by Commissioner Ken Breeden and SGTC President Dea Pounders.
Dellard Adkins’ grandmother, Marilyn Duke, was also at the 2014 graduation ceremony. She graduated from South Georgia Tech in 1971 in the cosmetology program. It was her influence and determination to complete her education that helped prompt her daughter to attend South Georgia Tech and then Bridgett Adkins encouraged her son to attend their alma mater and earn his diploma.

“This was special. I am so proud that Dellard chose to attend South Georgia Technical College,” said Bridget Duke Adkins. “I not only graduated from South Georgia Tech but I also worked at the Crisp County Center after graduation with Sparky Reeves, who was the Vice President of Economic Development at that time.”
All three generations of the South Georgia Tech graduates had the opportunity to talk with President Reeves after the graduation ceremony. They also had a photo made with the newest graduate and his mother both holding up their South Georgia Tech diplomas.
“My diploma and cover have aged, but I really wanted to bring it with me tonight. This piece of paper has made a tremendous difference in my life. Dellard was a small baby when I was working at South Georgia Tech and it just meant a lot to me that he is now a graduate as well.”

The theme for the 2014 graduation ceremony was “Celebrating Accomplishments.” And that is what these three generations of South Georgia Tech graduates and the other graduates and their families were able to do because of their commitment to complete an education at South Georgia Tech.

The 2014 graduation ceremony marked the 65th anniversary of the first graduating class of South Georgia Tech. The college was founded in 1948 and its first set of graduates were recognized in 1949.

South Georgia Tech celebrated “65 Years of Achieving Dreams” this past year and is still interested in locating or learning more about its alumni and the dreams that the college helped its graduates achieve. For more information about alumni opportunities, contact Su Ann Bird, South Georgia Technical College Vice President of Institutional Advancement at 229-031-2110 or sbird@southgatech.edu.


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