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OTC to graduate most ever
Commencement ceremony is Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse
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Betty Donaldson tosses some mini beach balls to fellow graduates at the conclusion of Ogeechee Technical College's 2009 Spring Commencement at Hanner Fieldhouse. Commencement 2010 exercises are Thursday at Hanner. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

    With enrollment records being set every quarter, Ogeechee Technical College will mark another record during its 2010 commencement exercises — the most graduates to walk at a commencement.
    Graduation ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, inside Hanner Fieldhouse on the Georgia Southern University campus.  OTC registrar Michelle Meyer said nearly 1,400 candidates are eligible for graduation, and hundreds are expected to be on hand to receive Associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and GED certificates. The ceremony annually attracts thousands of family members, friends and other supporters.  
    Dr. Brooks Keel, who took over as president of Georgia Southern in January, will be the keynote speaker. Faculty, staff, administration and Board members from Ogeechee Tech also will be on hand to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates.        “This is always an exciting time for us as we prepare for another large group of students to graduate.  We know that it is a special time for the graduates, but their families and friends also join in the festivities to make it even more special,” stated Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of Ogeechee Tech.  
    “Doors will open at Hanner Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. for those who want to make sure they get a good seat with the best view of their graduate,” Meyer said.  
    Ogeechee Tech will continue with the custom of having the color guard from the Georgia State Patrol and the State Patrol bagpipe player lead the procession into the auditorium.  They will also present the colors during the National Anthem.  
    “Commencement represents the celebration of accomplishment, and we are proud of our students for reaching this milestone,” Cartee said.
    For additional information about commencement for Ogeechee Tech, call Meyer at (912) 486-7865.