There were 110 recipients of Associate of Applied Science degrees; 21 people received Associate of Science in nursing degrees; 106 people earned diplomas in various areas; and 76 people received certificates in numerous fields.
Speaker Mary E. “Lisa” Eason, assistant commissioner of administration for the Technical College System of Georgia, encouraged graduates to follow the paths in life that makes them happiest.
“Your career is on the launch pad, and it’s getting ready to blast off,” she told graduates, “The training you’ve had here at Georgia Northwestern Technical College will open the doors of opportunity for you.”
Eason told the audience and graduates about how she changed her life’s path. A high school dropout who had gotten her GED, Eason worked as a seamstress and later a bundle girl in several sewing factories. A young single mother of three, she decided something needed to change. In order to support her family and be happier, she needed a college diploma.
After six years of attending the University of West Georgia, working third shift in a sewing factory and still mothering her young children, she graduated with an accounting degree.
“Your life is like a book, and it can be a best seller, … and every one of you has a very interesting story to tell,” said Eason. “This graduation tonight concludes just one more chapter in your life story, but there are many more chapters to come. Remember, this is your book, and you’re writing it. And it’s about the rest of your life.”