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July 29, 2011
Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on August 4.
Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for agriculture education transfer, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, horticulture, business and information technology, public service, 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 - two in the afternoon and three in the evening.
Jode Robinson, a resident of Johnston, is completing the first step of his journey. He will receive his mechanical engineering technology transfer certificate from Piedmont Technical College, but he plans to enter the University of South Carolina in the fall to pursue his bachelor’s degree and, eventually, his master’s in nuclear engineering. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Tau Alpha Pi at PTC. Robinson and his wife, Kelley, have two children.
Jean Williams began her career in law enforcement as the first female deputy in Newberry County. After 14 years in law enforcement, and then 12 years as a truck driver, she decided she wanted a change. Williams will be receiving her Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Computer Technology with a Networking Concentration. She has one daughter, Ariel, and is involved as a member of Belmont Baptist Church.
Cynthia Simpson, a resident of Abbeville, will receive her Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Nursing from Piedmont Technical College. She is employed by Abbeville Nursing Home as secretary to the administrator, but will become a staff nurse upon completion of her degree and licensing requirements. She is a member of Lambda Chi Nu and the Student Nurses Association at PTC. A member of Rice Memorial Baptist Church, Simpson and her husband, Mike, have two children, Allen and Nikki.
Sonia Woods came to Piedmont Technical College following a successful career as a lab technician in industry. The Abbeville native will receive her practical nursing diploma from Piedmont Technical College, but she plans on returning to pursue her associate degree in nursing. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Students Nurses Association at PTC and the Women’s Missionary Society at Grace Chapel AME. Woods plans to work with oncology patients, but she also hopes to eventually obtain her bachelor’s degree.
Graham Wright is a resident of Greenwood and is a graduate of Emerald High School. He will be receiving his Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Cardiovascular Technology, specializing in invasive cardiology. He plans to pursue his certification as a Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist, eventually specializing in electrophysiology. A member of First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Wright and his wife Cason have a two-year old son.
A special feature of commencement exercises will be recognition of top graduates from Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties.