GNTC 2014 GED® Graduation in Rome, GA
GNTC 2014 GED® Graduation in Rome, GA

(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its annual GED® Graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 26, at the Forum in Rome for students who have earned their General Education Diploma® during the 2013-14 fiscal year.

This was the second GED® Graduation that GNTC held this year, the first ceremony took place in Ringgold on June 12. Two ceremonies were held this year to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area.

This year, 677 students graduated with their General Education Development® diplomas from July 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Connie Smith vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Smith recognized the family members in attendance at the ceremony.

“Thank you for supporting these students as they pursued and accomplished this very significant milestone in their lives,” said Smith.

C. Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education and to not look at this ceremony as the end of their studies.

“We want more college graduates in Georgia so we can have a better economy,” said McDonald.

Ru Zhen Zou, winner of GNTC’s EAGLE Award for 2014, delivered the keynote address in sign language while Sheila Parker, ADA and Disability Services Coordinator at GNTC, provided translation for the audience.

“I am the EAGLE representative for the Adult Education program, but to me each one of you are like an EAGLE also and I hope you continue to soar high as you pursue your goals and dreams,” said Zou.

Graduates recognized during the June 26 ceremony in Rome included: Wesley Bailey, Molly Jackson, Lagena Ballinger, Julio Jacobo-Hernandez, Teresa Barksdale, Jacquelyn Jenkins, Gloria Barrios Gonzalez, Mckayla McClain, Maria Bautista, Jason Moore, Sierra Benton, Harrison Norman, Brittnay Buttrum, Tiaunt Orr, Wilian Campos, Chant’a Pearson, Aaron Carver, Raquel Perez, Billy Coger, Juan Pineda, Frank Coley, Kayla Reniker, Delenia Conner, Alisha Roberts, Cristie Crider, Christopher Rogers, Arielle Deems, Yesenia Sanchez, Cherish England, April Sarge, Lindsey Ferguson, Cristina Segura, Sonata Ford, Christopher Stanley, Shannon Francis, Randy Sullivan, Bailey Garner, Emily Sweet, Jessica Gates, Marla Taylor, Teresa Gonzalez, Amy Thrift, Beverly Hanners, Sonya Tidmore, Christina Hensley, Clifford Whatley, Jose Hernandez, Morgan Williams, Brittany Hilley, Bathsheba Willis, Andriana Holmstroem, and Laci Wilson.
Graduates recognized during the June 12 ceremony in Ringgold included: Lisa Barker, Krista Keith, Kristen Blackmon, Cristino Lara, Alicia Brown, Kathy Lewis, Adrienne Buchanan, Dylan Long, Josh Burk, Christina Mabe, Summer Burrage, Amee Mangum, Julia Cano, Tara Matthews, Chance Coulombe, Tammy Mcdevitt, Josh Cummings, Joshua McGraw, Linsey Dea, Mallory McGraw, Robert Deel, Ariana Mendez, Angel Dingus, Marilyn Miller, Anthony Epperson, Destini Mitchell, Joshua Faires, Ana Morazan, Darryl Finley , Crislyn Neal, Sandra Foster, Natahsa Norton, Jeremy Fredrick, Britany Norton, Jacqueline Galvan, Justin Patterson, Joshua Gervin, Jonathan Pavon, Christopher Gladden, Heather Pemberton, Juanita Goforth, Barbara Ramirez, Ana Gonzalez, Evonnia Rhodes, Alana Graham, Jason Rhodes, Jessica Halsrud, Kimberly Riddle, James Harding, Connie Robinson, Viola Harmon, Isabel Shields, Jennifer Harrison, Sonya Stargel, Sommer Hennessee, Joshua Stonebraker, Juan Hernandez, Delilah Veach, Charles Hicks, Terry Wallin, Kristi Hill, Rachel Wayman, Jeffery Jacobs, Doris White, Montea Johnson, and Ashley Young.

To see a video of Ru Zhen Zou sharing what makes Adult Education important to her, click on

The Adult Education program at GNTC serves approximately 3,000 students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in seven different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.