Gwinnett Tech Celebrates 2014 Commencement

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May 09, 2014

Gwinnett Tech Celebrates 2014 Commencement
Homestead Packaging Solutions CEO Adam Walker Reminds Graduates to Dream Big

Shelly Dirig, a health sciences graduate, is Gwinnett Tech's 2014 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winnerShelly Dirig, a health sciences graduate, is Gwinnett Tech's 2014 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner

Gwinnett Tech faculty, staff and students celebrated commencement this week, with almost 600 graduates crossing the stage at the Gwinnett Arena.

Gwinnett Tech has consistently been a state leader in graduation awards within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and to date, has awarded the highest number of awards within the system. The college has conferred almost 1,400 graduation awards to date, a number that will rise significantly in the coming weeks as summer term and the academic year concludes.

Over the past decade, GTC has awarded the highest number of associate degrees and technical certificates in the TCSG.

Gwinnett Tech board member Adam Walker, president and CEO of Homestead Packaging Solutions, was the keynote speaker, reminding graduates about the choices they would make after the ceremony. "Attitude is a choice," said Walker.

A former NFL player and a member of 1994 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX championship team, Walker had a strong message for graduates about the value of hard work. Walker was not drafted into the NFL at the end of his college playing days at the University of Pittsburgh and was cut 24 times in two years in the NFL. He ultimately played for seven consecutive seasons in the NFL and received many awards for his superior leadership skills on and off the field.

Adam Walker, president and  CEO, Homestead Packaging Solutions, and a Gwinnett Tech Board member, was the  keynote speaker for 2014 Commencement.Adam Walker, president and CEO, Homestead Packaging Solutions, and a Gwinnett Tech Board member, was the keynote speaker for 2014 Commencement.

"Hard work," he told the graduates, "beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

Walker closed with advice for the future. "When you wake up tomorrow – after graduation – it's time to decide what's next."

The 2013-1024 academic year marks another period of strong growth for Gwinnett Tech. GTC's fall enrollment growth was the largest in the state system. Overall, the college enrolled just over 7,000 students for both fall and spring terms. Annually, GTC serves over 21,000 students in college credit, adult education and continuing education courses.

Gwinnett Tech is now accepting applications for Fall Semester 2014. The priority application deadline is June 18. The deadline for financial aid is July 11. Fall classes begin August 19, 2014.

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.