WGTC Celebrates High School Equivalency Graduation


From WGTC Press Release

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.

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