May 10, 2012: About 200 students from Columbus Technical College walked across the stage at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Monday night with their heads held high, knowing they were now college graduates. Melissa Simpson even found herself making history with those few steps. That’s because she was the first Columbus Tech student to earn the new General Studies degree. There were also six students who earned technical certificates of credit as dually-enrolled high school students.
Since Columbus Tech and its sister schools across the Technical College System of Georgia recently underwent a conversion from the quarter academic calendar to one based on semesters, this was a fairly small graduating class but that didn’t mean they lacked in vigor or enthusiasm.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson delivered Monday night’s commencement address. She urged the students to do more than the bare minimum when it comes to their post-college lives.
“You all are essential participants of our community’s future,” Mayor Tomlinson said. “You have been prepared to be a better person. Columbus Tech has prepared you to improve your community.”
Mayor Tomlinson challenged the now-graduates to take their power of education and life lessons to become better, more informed, and more engaged citizens.