Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin addressed the 2017 graduates of Atlanta Technical College at Commencement. Corbin oversees the state’s 22 technical colleges, adult literacy programs, and economic and workforce development programs. Speaking before an audience of over 4,000, Corbin celebrated the college’s 50-year anniversary.
“How does it feel to be jubilee graduates?” she asked.
Corbin energized the crowd as she emphasized the workforce development mission of technical education and Governor Deal’s steadfast commitment to it. Corbin then asked graduates to stand up and find friends and family members and give them the shout-out they deserve. “Thank you for your support and for getting your graduates to the finish line,” she said.
Georgia is ranked as the number-one place to do business, she explained. “You are in a city of Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, and the Southern Company,” Corbin said. “You can run these companies one day because you are in Atlanta and graduates of Atlanta Technical College.”
The Atlanta Technical College Class of 2017 consists of approximately 1200 graduates. More than 200 grads received HOPE Career Grants; five high school students graduated from both Atlanta Tech and high school; 70 were awarded GEDs; and 56 either served or are serving in our country’s military. The jubilee graduates ranged in age from 18 to 71.
Corbin urged the graduates to remember Atlanta Tech’s tag line: Start Strong, Stay Strong and Finish Strong! “These are words to live by for future endeavors,” she said.