Over one hundred graduates marched across the stage at the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) 2013 winter commencement held Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. The ceremony honored those individuals who completed graduation requirements in summer or fall semester 2012. One hundred seventy-nine credentials were awarded to students meeting the required coursework and criteria during the two terms. Despite the fact that all graduates were not able to participate, the occasion drew the largest numbers in the history of OTC.
Toni Nelson, marketing and public relations coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, gave the keynote address. The ceremony began at 7 p.m. with the processional of graduates, followed by the invocation and presentation of colors. Dr. Abraham Pallas, dean for academic affairs, allied health, and general education, gave the invocation, and the Ware County JROTC presented the colors. Christy Markette captivated the audience with her lovely rendition of the National Anthem.
Danita Cannon, vice president for student affairs, recognized special guests and welcomed everyone to the ceremony. She then reminded graduates to acknowledge the support they received from family and friends along the way. After applauding family members, Cannon recognized OTC faculty and staff for their work and dedication to students and education. In her final remarks, she encouraged graduates to thank those who helped them get where they are and congratulated them for meeting their educational goal.
Following Cannon’s remarks, the audience enjoyed the talent of Ms. Markette once again, as she sang “Footprints in the Sand.”
OTC President, Dr. Glenn Deibert, introduced the keynote speaker, Mrs. Toni Nelson, whose words sparked inspiration, especially regarding helping others through voluntary service and civic duties.
Following Mrs. Nelson’s message, Dr. Deibert conferred upon graduates the applicable award of diploma and/or Associate of Applied Science degree. Then Dr. Deibert; Dr. Melanie Thornton, vice president for academic affairs; and Mr. Phillip Cook, OTC Board Chair, congratulated and awarded diplomas and degrees to participating graduates.
The following students satisfactorily completed requirements for graduation summer semester 2012 or fall semester 2012 and participated in the February 1, 2013, commencement:
Jessica Coley, Medical Assisting and Sherry Sapp, Practical Nursing
Daniel Corbitt, Electronics Fundamentals; Kortney Gaskin, Practical Nursing; Chandra Griffin, Practical Nursing; and Monica Williams, AAS Respiratory Care
Layla Altman, Practical Nursing; Angus Barefoot, Practical Nursing; Kelley Carter, AAS Business Administrative Technology; Alyssa Carver, Practical Nursing; Shelly Cason, Practical Nursing; Jennie Darsey, Practical Nursing; Alice Flaborea, Cosmetology; Kacy Holland, Practical Nursing; Elizabeth Johnston, Practical Nursing; Jerry Meeks, Practical Nursing; Coreen Mikel, Practical Nursing; Tammie Shaw, Cosmetology; Sabrina Spivey, Practical Nursing; Brandy Taylor, Cosmetology; DeeAnna Taylor, Practical Nursing; Christy Treat, AAS Respiratory Care; Stephanie Whitley, Surgical Technology; and Barbara Wood, Practical Nursing
Candice Bullard, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Latoya Collins, Practical Nursing; Betty Dominiak, Practical Nursing; Debra Garrett, AAS Criminal Justice Technology; April Hendren, Practical Nursing; Marla Pearson, Practical Nursing; Cylinda Price, Practical Nursing; Mary Rockey, AAS Criminal Justice Technology; Brandy Rowell, Practical Nursing; Karen Shuman, Cosmetology; Angela Swinford, Practical Nursing; and Rebecca Whisenant, Practical Nursing
Jennifer Clairday, Practical Nursing; Christina Cutillo, Practical Nursing; James Lemley, Welding and Joining Technology; Ashley Lloyd, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; and V’Tosha Watkins, Practical Nursing
Charlee O’Berry, Practical Nursing; Daryl Davis, AAS Networking Specialist; Emma Griffis, Practical Nursing; Samantha Peek, Practical Nursing; Justin Smith AAS Networking Specialist; and Marion Smith, Practical Nursing
Ann Hines, AAS Accounting; Ashendra Louder, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; and Monica Williams, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology
Rochelle Osumili, Practical Nursing
Brittany Aspinwall, Practical Nursing; Jennifer Bell, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Logan Brown, Practical Nursing; Martina Bryant, Practical Nursing; Kimberly Davis, AAS Respiratory Care; Victoria Dixon, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Marla Dryden, Practical Nursing; Malcolm Frierson, Automotive Fundamentals and Automotive Technology; Diane Griffin, Practical Nursing; Crystal Howard, Practical Nursing; Latika Jenkins, Practical Nursing; Carrie Matthews, Practical Nursing; Logan Rowell, Cosmetology; Melissa Smith, Cosmetology; Angela Stokes, Practical Nursing; Teresa Stuck, Practical Nursing; Sarah Sweat, Practical Nursing; Leigha Taylor, Practical Nursing; Marlee Taylor, AAS Respiratory Care; Jennifer Turner, Practical Nursing; and Caitlin Winn, Practical Nursing
Jerry Barber, Practical Nursing; Katrina Bohannon, Practical Nursing; Sherryl Boyd, Practical Nursing; Katlynn Brown, Medical Assisting; Sandra Brown, Practical Nursing; Amanda Byrd, Practical Nursing; Diane Cannon, Practical Nursing; James Cobb, AAS Networking Specialist; Teressa Crawford, AAS Accounting; Angela Davis, Practical Nursing; Kimberly Daniels, Practical Nursing; Lavonda Ellis, Practical Nursing; Alice Flaborea, Cosmetology; William Hand, AAS Networking Specialist; Camille James, Practical Nursing; Carleisha Johnson, Practical Nursing; Logan Page, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Brian Sapp, AAS Networking Specialist; Brittany Sheffield, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Shavan Staten, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Kendra Taylor, Practical Nursing; John Tyre, AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology; Allison Westberry, Practical Nursing; Clarice White, AAS Respiratory Care; Esther Williams, Early Childhood Care and Education; Jesseca Wolfe, Cosmetology; Mia Wooten, Practical Nursing; Michelle Yohn, Practical Nursing; and Jamie Zachary, Practical Nursing
Shanequa Hayes, Practical Nursing and Donna Perkins, Medical Assisting
Danita Cannon presented honor pins to eligible graduates, signifying their outstanding accomplishment. Floral arrangements were provided by OTC’s environmental horticulture program instructor, Mark Deal. Neal Murphy served as Graduation Marshal.
Alisa (Toni) Nelson (2nd from left), marketing and public relations coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, was the keynote speaker at Okefenokee Technical College’s commencement Friday, February 1, 2013. She was thanked by OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (2nd from right), OTC Foundation Chair Mr. Larry Paulk (left), and OTC Foundation treasurer Mr. Bill Higginson (right).
Among those marching across the stage at the OTC 2013 spring commencement were the following Ware County graduates: John Tyre (Front to Back, L to R), Esther Williams, Kimberly Daniels, Diane Cannon, Mia Wooten, Carleisha Johnson, Brian Sapp, Lavonda Ellis, Allison Westberry, Katrina Bohannon, Sandra Brown, Katlynn Brown, Alice Flaborea, William Hand, Angela Davis, Jerry Barber, Michelle Yohn, Jesseca Wolfe, Brittany Sheffield, Logan Page, Shavan Staten, Clarice White, Sherryl Boyd, Amanda Byrd, Teressa Crawford, Kendra Taylor, Camille James, James Cobb, and Jamie Zachary.