Isaac Streetman (left) and Persia Suarez (right)
Isaac Streetman (left) of Rockmart and Persia Suarez (right) of Cedartown line up before Processional.
Emily Connell (right) and Kerri Hosmer (left)
Emily Connell (right), GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, stands with Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Connell was the featured speaker for the ceremony.
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Nathan Blake Maddox celebrates after receiving his GED® diploma.
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The 2016-17 graduates stand to thank their families and friends during GNTC’s GED® Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, for students who have earned their General Educational Development diplomas®.

The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area. 

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Hosmer recognized the friends and family members in attendance at the ceremony and thanked the organizations that provided GED® scholarships.

Those organizations include: Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Society, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, Conasauga Drug Court Program, Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, Endless Opportunities, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Rome Church of God, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY, Rome Rotary Club, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, WMC Rotary Club, and the GNTC Foundation.

C. Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education.

“I encourage you to not think of tonight as the end of your education,” said McDonald. “This is just one more step up the mountain and you have to keep pursuing education throughout your lifetime to be able to provide better for your families and for yourselves.”

Emily Connell, GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, delivered the keynote address. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January 2016 and is currently pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.

“Once I am done I will never have to worry about who will provide for me and my son because I know that person will be me,” said Connell.

GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED® Testing Services, 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 provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.