GREENWOOD — The Multipurpose building at Piedmont Technical College was the setting for the culmination of many dreams for the more than 200 Piedmont Technical College graduates who took center stage Thursday.
Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.
“You have received the best gift you can get for Christmas and that is the gift of education and the gift of opportunity,” Brooks said. “We are here tonight to celebrate learning and achievement.”
Brooks was followed by the commencement speakers. The address was delivered by three graduating students — Joe Brown, a computer technology graduate from Whitmire; Brandy Hudson, an engineering graphics technology major from Greenwood; and Tammy Walker, an Associate in Science graduate from Epworth.
Presenting this year’s graduates was Andy Omundson, dean of student services. Certificates, diplomas and associate degrees were conferred by Brooks and Susan Timmons, vice president for educational affairs, with assistance from board chairman William Whitfield; Evelyn Beck, interim dean of Arts and Sciences; Jerry Alewine, dean of health science; Tara Harris, dean of nursing; Sissy Copeland, dean of business, information technologies and public service; and Keith Lasure, dean of engineering and industrial technologies.
**Tammy Michelle Kean of Carlisle earned an associate in applied science degree with a major in human services.
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