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727 Diplomas and Degrees Awarded By Georgia Piedmont Technical College
The First Commencement for the College’s New President

DeKalb County - June 03, 2013

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), conferred 727 degrees upon graduates during their 2013 Commencement exercise. Dr. Simama congratulated the graduates and acknowledged the fact they had discovered the solution to high unemployment by attending GPTC and obtaining their respective diploma, degree and/or certificate.

"You are on your way to living the American dream," stated Dr. Jabari Simama, who presided over his first Commencement as Georgia Piedmont Technical College's new President. "You will make important contributions to family, society and the world; and, you will strengthen our economy with your newly acquired skills," he continued.

Student speaker, Stephanie Love, during her touching remarks, thanked President Simama and faculty who helped and guided her in a direction that has totally turned her life around. "If you know a friend or relatives who are between jobs or is kind of stuck and not sure about what they want to do with their lives, tell them about the technical education you obtained here at Georgia Piedmont Technical College," said Ms. Love.

Wearing wide, bright smiles with their blue caps and gowns, the 2013 graduates of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), were asked to join the Alumni Association and give back to the college. The students cheered as they flipped their tassels from right to left.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.