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CARROLLTON, GA –West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) recently held its first High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony since 2018. Students who earned their GED® or HiSET diplomas between 2019 and 2022 were invited to attend.

The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on WGTC’s Murphy Campus in Waco to accommodate students and families from all seven counties of WGTC’s service area.

Despite having earned their diplomas as far back as three years ago, fifty students returned to WGTC to celebrate their accomplishments.

“The pandemic forced us to eliminate graduation for a couple of years so we wanted to give those students who did not get to have a traditional graduation ceremony the chance to experience one,” Angela Berch, Vice President of Economic Development and Community Relations, said. “We are honored that each graduate made the effort to return and participate. It was exciting to speak with our graduates and learn about their paths since obtaining their high school equivalency.”

Michael Sullivan, President and CEO of ACEC Georgia, was the guest speaker at the event. Sullivan serves on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and previously served as a member of the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia.

In his speech, Sullivan reminded the students to continue to keep going by building on what they have already achieved and to not be discouraged by other peoples’ timelines.

“Life throws us all curveballs, setbacks, and challenges that seem too much to bear sometimes,” Sullivan said. “I’m guessing each of you had some of those to overcome to get here tonight, but you got here. The same determination and drive that got you here, will get you there – wherever you want to go next – so dream big. You can do anything you set your mind to.”

Anastasia DuRant, a 2021 HSE graduate, shared about the many obstacles she overcame to obtain her high school equivalency. She is now a student at WGTC and will graduate in December 2022 with a cosmetology diploma.

“I would like to encourage each and every one of you to pursue your dreams,” DuRant said. “You have given all of your time, effort and tears…this is your time to shine. You have definitely earned this, and I am proud of you. Congratulations and good luck with wherever life may lead you.”

Listed are the WGTC High School Equivalency graduates who participated in the graduation ceremony:

    Katelyn Agan, 2021

    Kathryn Alexander, 2022

    Hailey Arnold, 2021

    Keila Avila Castro, 2022

    Mackenzie Austin, 2019

    Kendall Baldree, 2022

    Jacob Blair, 2021

    Tristan Callahan, 2022

    Jacob Clevenger, 2022

    Angela Crittendon, 2021

    Trent Coker, 2021

    James Deveau, 2021

    Anastasia DuRant, 2021

    Beautiful Forbes, 2020

    Mya Cheyanne Gadlin, 2022

    Venus Gaines, 2022

    Kayla Gantt, 2022

    Stephanie Gay, 2021

    Raven Greene, 2021

    Lisa Grimshaw, 2020

    Spencer Haberkam, 2022

    Tracy Hall, 2022

    Brandon Hampton, 2022

    Natechur Holmes, 2022

    Jamie Hudgens, 2022

    Tevya Hurley, 2022

    Jarrett Johnson, 2021

    Katelyn Lingerfelt, 2021

    Jameka Mathews, 2022

    Erych Munoz, 2022

    Ashley Watkins North, 2022

    Allison Nutt, 2022

    Camden Page, 2021

    Hailey Poe, 2022

    Kaylee Powell, 2022

    Avery Rayburn, 2022

    Emily Rice, 2022

    Otis Robbs, 2022

    Emily Sargent, 2022

    Raven Skipper, 2021

    Chastity Slocum, 2022

    Marci Steadham, 2022

    Dania Tittle, 2022

    Robert Valentine, 2022

    Kaitlyn Vanwinkle, 2022

    Mason Vaughn, 2022

    Alicia Veal, 2022

    Aylisha Walters, 2022

    Kenneth Ware, 2022

    John Wilson, 2021

For more information about the Adult Education High School Equivalency classes, visit www.westgatech.edu/adult-education.

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