December 13, 2012: From watching the first students with Associate of Science degrees in Biology (2) and Paralegal Associate degrees (6) walk across the stage, to listening to the first black mayor of Phenix City deliver the commencement address to enjoying words from a visiting delegate from China, the audience of about 1500 attendees - including about 350 graduates - experienced their share of firsts at the Columbus Technical College commencement ceremony on December 13, 2012.
During his remarks, Mr. Wu Changti, the deputy director of the foreign affairs office at Hangzhou Polytechnic in China, discussed the ever-expanding partnership with Columbus Technical College and how important it is for the two institutions to work together to ensure successful futures for students from both countries.
Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe reminisced about his time playing football at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Bear Bryant. Coach Bryant taught him about much more than honing his skills on the gridiron.
“You made a conscience decision at some point in your life that you wanted to excel,” Mayor Lowe said. “One of the greatest things I learned from coach Bryant is how not to be jealous. The quickest way to get ahead is to build up the people around you.”
Mayor Lowe also spoke of four points to help achieve unstoppable focus. They are: praying, serving, giving, and sharing (testimony). Congratulations to all our graduates!