Date Posted: May 13, 2021
Graduates were all smiles on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 as Southern Crescent Technical College students celebrated their graduation during two outdoor socially-distanced commencement ceremonies held at the SCTC Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing just north of the Griffin Campus.
This year, Southern Crescent Technical College has awarded roughly 2,350 unduplicated credentials to students who have completed requirements for Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Technical Certificates of Credit. Roughly 350 graduates chose to participate in Tuesday’s ceremonies. All students were recognized for their achievements with words of encouragement from President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas. “We are so proud of what our students have accomplished,” said Dr. Alvetta Thomas, president of Southern Crescent Technical College. “We genuinely want our students to succeed, and we are confident that Southern Crescent Technical College has provided them with the skills and education they need to launch successful careers and build productive lives.”
Delivering the commencement address for the morning ceremony was Tamara Ison, CEO of Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital. She congratulated the students on their many achievements and spoke to them about the importance of setting and reaching goals throughout their life. Former Plant Manager of Quad Graphics Jeff Stribling was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony. Stribling was a former technical college graduate and shared the importance of a technical education in his life and how it helped him navigate a successful career. Both delivered a heartfelt charge to graduates and congratulated them, challenging them to continue on their path of success and offered them words of support as they continue to achieve success in both their personal and professional life.
These ceremonies honored graduates from Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. The morning ceremony began at 10 am and graduates from all Allied Health, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Computer Information Systems programs participated in the ceremony. The afternoon ceremony began at 2 pm and graduates from all Industrial Technology, Film Technology, Public Safety, and Professional Services programs as well as Adult Education graduates participated in the ceremony.
The commencement ceremonies were certainly a time for celebration as students were rewarded for both their achievements and sacrifices in their pursuit of their educational goals and dreams. The graduates have worked diligently for this great accomplishment and should be commended for their dedication to education.