2017 Graduation Commencement Ceremonies
May 23, 2017 – Southeastern Technical College graduated its 2017 class with two ceremonies held in Vidalia and Swainsboro on May 9 and 11, respectively.
As over 600 graduates waited in anticipation, President Larry Calhoun encouraged the students of both campuses to continue to learn and to find their happiness in life.
“This is the beginning of the next phases of your life,” stated Calhoun. “So find your passion, love those around you, and believe you have a higher purpose. With that, you will find your happiness.”
The Vidalia address was given by guest speaker, Dr. Alan Kent, president and CEO of Meadows Regional Medical Center. Using the theories of inertia and momentum, he encouraged the student to never stop moving. “The path to success is found in motion,” stated Dr. Kent.
He then continued by telling the students to have vision and plan for what is to come. “Look forward and not backwards. You must use your past to plan your future,” said Dr. Kent. He also encouraged them to give abundantly and to unplug from the many distractions in their lives.
He finished by imploring the students to continue learning. “Be a lifelong learner,” stated Dr. Kent. “You will never regret the time you spent gaining knowledge.”
On the Swainsboro campus, Dr. Sylvia Rozier, Director of Nursing RN to BSN Bridge at East Georgia State College, addressed the student body. Dr. Rozier used lessons learned from her early childhood to encourage students to set goals despite their visible challenges and to prepare them for their future career endeavors.
“I don’t care what goal you set, you can do it,” stated Dr. Rozier. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and I am proud of you for finishing what you started.”
Other speakers included Reverend Jimmy Dupree, Vice Chairman of STC’s Board of Directors, Brain Tootle, Vidalia President of STC’s Student Government Association, Michael Harden, Swainsboro President of STC’s Student Government Association, Lester Allen, Dr. K. E. McNeal of Johnson Chapel Church, and Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Barry Dotson.
For more information on opportunities in technical education, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.