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WGTC Celebrates High School Equivalency Graduation

West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) held its High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 11, at the Murphy Conference Center in Waco. Students who earned their GED® or HiSET diploma for the 2022 – 2023 school year were recognized for their accomplishments.

“This is a special occasion for our graduates and their loved ones,” Dean of Adult Education Rebecca Wheeler said. “It is a time to celebrate their hard work and dedication, and to recognize the important milestone that they have achieved.”

Dr. Meghan McBride, Vice President for Adult Education at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, was the keynote speaker at the event. As a former adult learner, she understands firsthand the transformative impact of literacy education on an individual’s life.

“My story is a testament to the fact that no matter what challenges you face or where you come from, you can achieve great things if you believe in yourself and work hard to pursue your dreams,” McBride said. “As you move forward in your own journey, I encourage you to keep pushing forward, even when things get tough. The road ahead may not always be easy, but you have already overcome significant obstacles to get to this point and have proven that you have the strength and determination to succeed.”

Christiana Yearta addressed her fellow graduates and shared about the many obstacles she overcame to obtain her high school equivalency. She is now a student at WGTC pursuing a degree in Radiologic Technology.

“If you’re here today, feeling happiness but also guilt that your story hasn’t followed the pattern of life that society tells you it needs to, I want to reassure you that you are doing great,” Yearta said. “Even with all of my battles, I did it, and you can do it too. When you face obstacles, don’t let them defeat you. It’s your time to chase your goals. Don’t stop until you achieve them.”

Listed are the WGTC High School Equivalency graduates who participated in the graduation ceremony:

Vincent Adelung
Estrella Aguilar Aguilar
Hannah Alexander
Tiffanie Allen
Emma Biggs
Naomi Bivens
Kayla Brand
Kaliyah Brown
Richelle Brown
Hailey Camp
Kaitlyn Carpenter
Leilani Chapa
Weston Chapman
Breanna Chunn
Alaina Collins
Dustin Crider
Ethan Cristea
Madelyn Crosby
Adrian Dyer
Woods Espiegle
Autumn Garcia
Barbara Gibson
Demarcus Gilbert
Linda Haggerty
Maalik Hammett
Jenniffer Hardaway
Christopher Howard
Gary Huckaby III
Jeremy Hunton
Kameran James
Sarah King
Jaylen Lawrence
Kristina Ledbetter
Caroline Lewis
Edward Lyle
Jordon McIver
Adam McPherson
Nickkar Miller
Mariah Moses
Joseth Navarrete
Gabriel Parker
Keith Patrick
Hazel Pendersen-Taylor
Austin Thomas
Steven Pugh
Tina Rogers
Ismail Salim
Katie Smothers
Rachel Steele
Savannah Strauch
Alexis Thurman
Ashton Vorgity
Brittany Wagner
Rebekah Weiner
Dominique Weiner
Christian Woodall
Christiana Yearta
Rebecca Yeb

For more information about the Adult Education program at WGTC, visit www.westgatech.edu/adult-education.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers more than 120 associate degree, diploma, and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is one of the largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges. For more information, please visit www.westgatech.edu.