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July 30, 2012
Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on August 2.
Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, business and information technology, industrial and engineering technology graduates. A 7 p.m. ceremony will be held for health science and nursing graduates. Both commencement exercises will be held in the Multipurpose building at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood.
Due to limited seating, tickets will be required for all guests attending the graduation ceremony. Each ticketholder, including children, will be entitled to one seat.
In recognition of their excellence and the stories they have told about their journeys in higher education, five graduating students will be speaking at the commencement ceremony - three in the afternoon and two in the evening.
Jessica Hill, a resident of Greenwood, is following in her mother’s footsteps by graduating from Piedmont Tech. She will be receiving her Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Human Services. She will begin her career at the Whitten Center, working in its facility in Conway while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Coastal Carolina University.
Gregory Stewart is a resident of Newberry and currently a teacher’s assistant at Newberry Middle School. He will be receiving his Associate in Arts degree with the goal of transferring to either Lander University or USC-Union to pursue his bachelor’s degree and become a middle or high school history teacher. He manages and coaches girls and boys travel basketball teams and serves as a mentor at Newberry Middle School. Stewart has two sons, Joshua and Jalen.
Josh Wooten, a resident of Greenwood, will be receiving his Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Electronic Engineering Technology. His new degree has opened a door to a new opportunity with Michelin. Wooten plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s degree in physics.
Frederick Moore is earning his second degree from Piedmont Tech. The Abbeville resident graduated in 2008 with a degree in respiratory care and currently works at Self Regional Healthcare. He will be receiving his Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Nursing. Moore and his wife, Mary Jane, have three children, Freddy, Alaina and Hailey.
Cheryl Wilson, a resident of Greenwood, is entering her second career. While working as a preschool assistant, she developed an eye tumor that made her decide it was time to make a change in her life. She enrolled at Piedmont Tech and will be receiving her Diploma in Applied Science Degree with a major in Surgical Technology. Wilson and her husband, Tod, have two children, Brock and Hayden.
A special feature of commencement exercises will be recognition of top graduates from Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry and Saluda Counties.