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ITT Tech hosts fall quarter graduation

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

HUNTINGTON — A group of 16 ITT Technical Institute students traded in their books and backpacks for diplomas and caps and gowns Saturday during the fall quarter graduation ceremony at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The school hosts a graduation ceremony at the end of each school quarter, and Saturday’s event marked the first of its kind in 2013.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams was the commencement speaker for the event, and he congratulated the students not only on their academic accomplishments, but also for their initial choice to seek higher education.

“Today we’re celebrating your accomplishments as well as your choice to make a life change,” Williams said. “It’s a choice that will change your futures as well as the lives of everyone you come in contact with for the rest of your life.”

“These days haven’t been easy, and you have had to overcome a lot to persevere and encounter this success.”
Joanna Hicks was recognized as the valedictorian of the class. Hicks, who earned her associate degree in paralegal studies, said she echoed Williams’ sentiment of how the choice to attend ITT Tech changed their lives.

“Our lives are affected by the choices we make,” she said. “Whether we chose to go to college right out of high school or we returned there a few years after, the important thing is that we all took that step to improve our lives.”

Williams implored the graduates to look back on their time at ITT Tech when they were faced with obstacles in their future careers.

The ITT Technical Insitute in Huntington opened in June 2010, and it is located at 5183 U.S. 60.

Class of December 2012
Following are the members of the ITT Technical Institute class of December 2012:
Jessica Lewis, associate of applied science in criminal justice
Joanna Hicks, associate of applied science in paralegal studies
Timothy Burnette, associate of applied science in computer electronics engineering technology
Zachary Queen, associate of applied science in computer electronics engineering technology
Michael Holland, associate of applied science in computer electronics engineering technology
Doug Townsend, associate of applied science in computer electronics engineering technology
Billie Barber, associate of applied science in information tehcnology — computer network systems
Chad Morgan, associate of applied science in information tehcnology — computer network systems
Darnell Payne, associate of applied science in information tehcnology — computer network systems
Bradford Sanders, associate of applied science in information tehcnology — computer network systems
Michael Smith, associate of applied science in information tehcnology — computer network systems
Donald Williams, associate of applied science in information tehcnology — computer network systems
Nathan Ryan, bachelor of applied science in information technology — information security systems
Mark Trimble, associate of applied science in computer drafting and design
Robert Franklin Vance, associate of applied science in computer drafting and design
Brandon Lawrence, associate of applied science in visual communications

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