Class of 2014 Graduates from Southeastern Tech
May 29, 2014 - Southeastern Technical College graduated its 2014 class in two ceremonies held in Vidalia and Swainsboro on May 13 and 15, respectively.
Over 120 awards shared the stages with honored guests and STC executives, including President Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, who implored the students to look at graduation as an achievement, but not the end of a journey.
“Graduation is not really an ending, it’s a beginning,” said Mitchell. “That’s why this ceremony tonight is called commencement. Graduates, this is a new beginning for you in your life, and I am so pleased to be a part of it.”
Other speakers were STC Board of Directors Chairman Judge Don Wilkes, STC Provost Larry Calhoun, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Barry Dotson and the ceremonies' guest speakers: Blake Tillery in Vidalia and Ken Warnock in Swainsboro.
Warnock, the chief executive officer of the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce and Joint Development Authority, related his own experiences with technical education and reminded the graduates of how vital those experiences can be, statements echoed by Chairman Wilkes.
“You will always remember your teachers, classmates and the times you spent here at Southeastern Tech,” said Wilkes. “And I think you’ve learned more than you can imagine.”
Tillery, the chairman of the Toombs County Commission, spoke to the graduates' ability to improve their community, an ability they've exercised just by earning their caps and gowns.
“[Recently,] I met with an industry prospect for our community,” said Tillery. “They came here and they didn’t ask how close we were to the nearest mall or what kind of restaurants we had or tell us how nice of a building they wanted to build… they asked about our workforce. And they asked how trained it was and could we accomplish what they needed.
“Because of you sitting out here in this audience today, we can say yes.”
For more information on opportunities in technical education, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.