GREENWOOD —A Union resident was among the students to graduate from Piedmont Technical College recently.
The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College was the setting for the culmination of many dreams for the more than 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates who took center stage in two commencement ceremonies.
Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.
“Piedmont Technical College is celebrating its 50th year this year,” Brooks said. “The people who came before us laid the foundation for what is here now for you to take advantage of. And we’re continuing to lay the groundwork for the individuals who will come in the future.”
Brooks was followed by the commencement speaker Dr. Mary Holloway, a 1976 graduate of the Piedmont Technical College human services program.
“This is a great institution and after 50 years, it is still committed to its mission — to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing opportunities for intellectual and economic growth,” Holloway said.
Holloway, associate vice president for student development services at Midlands Technical College, spoke on hope. She told the graduates that Piedmont Tech gave her hope and a better life.
“I have learned that hope has no skin color, no background and no age limitations,” she said. “This institution provided me hope, a strong foundation to succeed in life-learning and career success.”
**Hannah Leighann Wright, of Union, received a diploma in applied science with a major in surgical technology.
***Summa Cum Laude — 4.0 **Magna Cum Laude — 3.75-3.99 *Cum Laude — 3.5-3.74
This story courtesy of Piedmont Technical College.