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OTC holds graduation Tuesday
Kathy Cox to deliver address at ceremony
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An Ogeechee Technical College student celebrates receiving her diploma at a previous graduation ceremony. Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox will be the keynote speaker at the school's commencement ceremony Tuesday night. - photo by Herald File

OTC grad

OTC president Dawn Cartee talks about Tuesday's graduation.

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    Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox will be the keynote speaker at Ogeechee Technical College's commencement ceremony Tuesday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
    More than 100 students are expected to participate in the ceremony, including, for the first time, those students who earned their GED. Ogeechee Technical College President Dr. Dawn Cartee said by including those students, she hopes they will want to continue their education.
    Tuesday's ceremony will be the first graduation for Cartee as president of the school, and she admitted to being anxious about the event.
    "I think I may be more nervous than the graduates," she said.
    Introducing Cox as the speaker will be Bulloch County School Superintendent Jessie Strickland, who will be leaving that position at the end of the school year to become vice president of instructional services at OTC.
     "I’m sure she will bring an inspiring message to our graduates," Cartee said.
    Also participating in the graduation ceremony will be the Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard to present the colors and Georgia Southern professor Michael Braz will provide the music before and after the ceremony.
    But Cartee said the night belongs to the graduates and their families.
    "All of our graduates will have their own special story of sacrifice and struggle in reaching this milestone in their life," she said. "This commencement is only a beginning for them, though, as they set about earning a living and contributing to society with the knowledge and skills that they have gained at Ogeechee Tech."
    The ceremony has only recently been held at Hanner Fieldhouse as a way to accommodate the larger crowds that have been attending the graduation.
    In previous years, students were allotted a certain number of tickets for graduation, but Cartee said that wouldn't happen this year.
    "Invite as many people as you want to come until we fill the place up," she said.
    <I>Luke Martin can be reached at  (912) 489-9454.
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