CCTC grads turn tassels to new chapter

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 5/13/18

The caps and gowns may have all been navy blue with gold, but the ages, faces and degrees under them were as varied as Sumter County itself.

About 700 students graduated from Central Carolina Technical College on Friday at Sumter County Civic …

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CCTC grads turn tassels to new chapter

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The caps and gowns may have all been navy blue with gold, but the ages, faces and degrees under them were as varied as Sumter County itself.

About 700 students graduated from Central Carolina Technical College on Friday at Sumter County Civic Center, earning diplomas for everything from nursing to industrial technology.

Michael Mikota, president of CCTC, said the college is the No. 1 economic development tool in the region because of the range of training and coursework it offers, proven by the range of ages of students.

The college saw 42 nurses graduate and 10 students leave Manning High School this year with an associate degree, said Mikota, who presided over his first commencement ceremony as president.

Debbie Seymour, freshman seminar coordinator, gave the commencement speech before students walked across the stage and turned their tassels, telling them how proud she is of what many of them have overcome to be where they are today.

"I love seeing them light up and see their excitement about discovering their passions," Seymour said. "This isn't the end. This is really the beginning of a new chapter."