GNTC to hold Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony

April 27, 2021

Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine-county service area will participate in a vehicle procession outside of the Floyd County Campus (FCC), in Rome on Thursday, May 6, to safely celebrate their success in completing their program of study.

The 2021 Spring Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with a vehicle procession that will start behind the college on Hemlock Street. Family members and friends may ride with the graduates through the ceremony but will be asked to not leave their vehicles during the event. This is GNTC’s third Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony.

Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will announce the names of the graduates and their respective programs during the ceremony. The graduates will then step out of their vehicles and walk the blue GNTC carpet to the center awarding area.

GNTC President Dr. Heidi Popham will greet the graduates and present them with their award during the ceremony. Each student will have their photo taken with Popham as well as a ceremony portrait taken by a professional photographer.

Students will receive their graduation packets prior to the ceremony, which will include any earned graduation cords. There will be a car decoration contest prior to the start of the ceremony with the top three winners receiving gift cards.

GNTC would like to offer special thanks to Shaw Industries Group, Inc. for donating the blue carpet and Allcove Industries, Inc. for cutting and binding the carpet for the ceremony.

GNTC’s 2021 Spring Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Floyd County Campus in Rome.
GNTC’s 2021 Spring Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Floyd County Campus in Rome.

Listed are graduates that are participating in the 2021 Spring Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the commencement program was printed:

Associate of Applied Science Degree

  • Gabriela C. Arevalo, Business Management
  • Christopher Baine, Industrial Systems Technology
  • Eric Beach, Business Management
  • Jessica Alane Brock, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Keasha Brown, Criminal Justice Technology
  • Quincy Chambers, Respiratory Care
  • Dawn Reid Charles, Criminal Justice Technology
  • Selvin J. Cornejo, Instrumentation and Controls Technician
  • Lori Marie Gallagher, Cybersecurity
  • Jasmin L. Garcia Barragan, Business Technology
  • Kaytlyn Green, Business Management
  • Anastasia Candida Hall, Accounting
  • Raphaella Hawkins, Business Management
  • Manuel Andres Hernandez, Industrial Systems Technology
  • Teresa Carpenter Hodgkins, Respiratory Care
  • Casey Jay Hunter, Business Management
  • Anna Johnson, Business Management
  • Jimmy R. Keithley, Business Management
  • Lacey Miriam Jean Leming, Business Management
  • Deidra Long, Business Technology
  • Amber Renee Lovell, Accounting
  • Breanna Luke, Business Technology
  • Vincent M. Mauro, Industrial Systems Technology
  • Alma Ofelia Morales, Criminal Justice Technology
  • Courtney Learine North, Respiratory Care
  • Steven H. Ollis, Construction Management
  • Madison V. Ozment, Respiratory Care
  • Labeth R. Payne, Business Management
  • Tjuana S. Perry, Business Technology
  • Jose F. Plaza, Computer Support Specialist
  • Charity Michelle Pogue, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • April Paulette Pyles, Business Technology
  • Jerry Ryan Redd, Industrial Systems Technology
  • Samantha Renee Reed Parker, Business Technology
  • Makinsey C. Reynolds, Business Management
  • Emmanuel Rodriguez, Industrial Systems Technology
  • Samantha Ruedas, Criminal Justice Technology
  • Miguel Angel Sanchez-Perez, Criminal Justice Technology
  • Victoria E. Smith, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Celestina Snyder, Business Technology
  • Jessica Rae Staton, Accounting
  • Sarah Josie Summerville, Accounting
  • Rachel L. Whiteside, Accounting

Associate of Science in Nursing

  • Sydney A. Covington, Nursing
  • Sarah Michelle Green, Nursing
  • Sonja Powell, Nursing


  • Jessica Carnes, Business Management
  • Tomeka A. Carter, Computer Support Specialist
  • Rhonda Dekarske, Business Technology
  • Manuel Guzman Reyes, Precision Machining and Manufacturing
  • Kimberly Hicks, Accounting
  • Jesica Simmons Hollingsworth, Business Healthcare Technology
  • Kelli Renae Irvine, Business Healthcare Technology
  • Lesa Jackson, Health Information Management Coding
  • Edwin F. Ramirez Clara, Electrical Systems Technology
  • Dalton D. Thompson, Welding and Joining Technology
  • Maggie Rebecca Waid, Practical Nursing

Technical Certificate of Credit  

  • Susan Kristy Baker, Data Entry Clerk
  • Brittany Marie Dorsey, Health Care Assistant
  • Alondra Janet Huerta, Patient Care Assistant
  • India-Lynn Crystal Hutchinson, Early Child Care and Education Basics
  • Jazmin M. Jennings, Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician
  • Eric Mitchell, Medical Coding
  • Trinetta B. Morgan, Phlebotomy Technician
  • Monica Rodriguez, Medical Front Office Assistant
  • Markitta D. Schelleack, Construction Manager
  • Mikayla D. Shaw, Medical Front Office Assistant
  • Lindsey Thomas, Health Care Assistant
  • Hope B. Tyson, Healthcare Billing and Coding Specialist


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 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. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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