CTC Graduation Enjoys Plenty of ‘Firsts’

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.

Pictured are some of the honor graduates from Columbus Technical College. Seated left to right are: Justin McRae/Drafting, Hyon Cary/Pharmacy Tech, Victoria Torres/Accounting, Kristal Parker/Drafting. Standing are: Jeremy Clardy/Medical Assisting, Jennifer Carter/Paralegal, Lizbeth Foster/Medical Assisting, and Latelsea Perry/Early Childhood Ed.


Columbus Technical College students patiently wait to enter the Trade Center ballroom for their graduation.


The stage at Columbus Technical College’s graduation 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 and Wu “Jimmy” Changti of Hangzhou Polytechnic in China pose for a quick picture at graduation.

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.

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe delivered the commencement address.

“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.”

Some nursing students (now graduates!) had fun decorating their mortar boards.

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!