Chattahoochee Tech to award more than 1,100 degrees, diplomas and certificates
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MARIETTA -- In the third graduation ceremony since its merger in 2009, Chattahoochee Technical College is prepared to award more than 1,100 degrees, diplomas and certificates to eager graduates this month. At a ceremony Friday, more than 300 graduates from Chattahoochee Technical College walked across the stage Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to the cheers of family and friends.

"When you cross this stage to get your diploma, don't look back," Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Sanford Chandler told the candidates for graduation. "You have to continue on your journey."

Following on the heels of the school's graduation ceremony in June that honored 1,008, the December ceremony honored students who finished their programs of study during summer or fall quarters. Summer produced the most graduates, with 592 petitions filed. Fall petitions, which must still be verified once classes and final exams are over, equal 548.

Euharlee resident Hannah Lopez was on hand to accept her degree in visual communication - web design. While excited about the accomplishment, she felt some nerves too.

"I feel both excited and nervous," said Lopez, who plans to study in Gwinnett County. "This part of my education is ending, but now I'm moving on for more."

For Richard Bellfield, a job is what he hopes will be next on his agenda. The Cartersville resident completed his studies in electronic technology.

"After such a long road it is nice to see the end of the tunnel," Bellfield said. "I would encourage anyone even thinking about going back to school to do it. It can be done."