May 28, 2013
Gwinnett Tech Celebrates 2013 Commencement
Keynoter Primerica Co-CEO John Addison Urges Grads to "Be a Person of Integrity"
Hundreds of Gwinnett Tech graduates celebrated commencement this month, and the college is on pace to confer over 2,500 graduation awards for the academic year.
Among the technical college system, Gwinnett Tech has consistently been a state leader in graduation awards. For the past decade, GTC has awarded the highest number of associate degrees and technical certificates in the Technical College System of Georgia. The total number of awards for this academic year will be finalized after summer term.
At the 2013 commencement ceremony, keynote speaker John Addison, co-CEO of Primerica, urged graduates to "be a person of integrity."
"Life doesn't come with an easy button," added Addison. "If you want to win, you have to do today what others won't. You have to be willing to pay the price. Graduates, you've already positioned yourselves to be winners."
Addison joined Gwinnett Tech administrators in congratulating almost 600 graduates who crossed the stage at the Gwinnett Arena.
While graduation is a time to celebrate the students' accomplishments, Addison also reminded students to always push themselves. "If you find what you're good at without trying hard, and then you really try hard, you can be great," he said.
Kimberly Horn, Gwinnett Tech's 2013 GOAL winner, left her fellow graduates with this challenge. "Be the change you wish to see in the world. That's part of what Gwinnett Tech has taught us. Congratulations class of 2013!"
Gwinnett Tech continues to record strong enrollment. Over the past five years, enrollment growth was just over 48 percent, an average growth rate of about 8.2 percent per year. Nationally, Gwinnett Tech ranks fifteenth on Community College Weekly's list of the Top 100 Certificate Producers.
Gwinnett Tech is now accepting applications for Fall Semester 2013. The priority application deadline is June 19. The deadline for financial aid is July 8. Fall classes begin August 19, 2013.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.