The 2015 Atlanta Technical College commencement was held Friday, May 29 at the Fox Theatre. The ceremony opened with Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas greeting the graduates and audience. Atlanta Technical College honored many with a 3.5 or more GPA. Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell served as speaker for the graduation. Following are excerpts from his remarks.
“I see hope, I see promise, I see excitement and I am sure you are reflecting on your time here at Atlanta Technical College. Reflecting on all that you have done, your trials and tribulations, the classes you took, the professors and what grade they gave you.
“I know you do not have to be told to do right and to do well, but I am here to tell you this is your opportunity to make a difference and give back. You are in a special place, in a special time, and [with] a special set of skills not only you need, but our community, city, neighborhoods, our young people, and the world needs at this moment in time,” Mitchell said in his remarks.
He said this past Christmas Dr. Thomas shared that next year will be the first time that a graduate of a technical school like ATC will earn more than a graduate from a four-year college with a liberal arts degree.
Georgia state Sen. Vincent Fort also attended the commencement.