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GNTC’s 2021 Fall Commencement Ceremonies to be Dec. 2

Students representing Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine-county service area will participate in two traditional Fall Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 2, to celebrate their success in completing their program of study.

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The 2021 Fall Commencement Ceremonies will take place at the Dalton Convention Center. Two separate ceremonies are being held in order to practice social distancing guidelines and accommodate friends and families of the graduates.


The Commencement Ceremony for students in GNTC’s Business and Health programs will begin at 12 p.m.


At 4 p.m., the Commencement Ceremony for students in GNTC’s Industrial and Public Service programs will take place.


At both ceremonies, Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, will welcome guests and introduce Jeremiah Cooper, GNTC’s 2021 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, as the keynote commencement speaker.


Jeremiah Cooper has been an instructor at GNTC since 2013. He is the program director and instructor of Welding and Joining Technology on the Walker County Campus. This is his second time serving as GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the year. Prior to joining GNTC, he served as a welder and fabricator at Gentry Steel Inc. from 2012-13 and held the same position at Wilson Fabrication from 2009-12. He was also an instructor for Childcare Network from 2009-12.


Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will recognize High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates that are veterans, apprentices, Phi Beta Lambda members, SkillsUSA members, Student Government Association members and dual enrollment high school students will also be led by Phillips.


Dr. Elizabeth Anderson, vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, will present the graduates and Dr. Heidi Popham will confer the graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma or a certificate in aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,820 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,591 students and an additional enrollment of 3,229 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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