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Pulaski Tech holds 2009 commencement
5/21/2009

The Pulaski Technical College Class of 2009 stands at the start of commencement exercises Wednesday night at Alltel Arena.
The Pulaski Technical College Class of 2009 stands at the start of commencement exercises Wednesday night at Alltel Arena.

The faculty and staff at Pulaski Tech College congratulate all of this year's graduates.

Nearly 700 people walked across the stage of Alltel Arena Wednesday night to receive degrees and certificates during the college's annual commencement exercises. About 1,700 students completed certificates or degrees this past year.

Jon Harrison, general manager of North American Motor Grader Operations for Caterpillar Inc., delivered the keynote address, offering graduates career advice to keep them on a track to long-term success.

"Your character will differentiate you from others," he said. "Rise above the norm and deliver more than expected."
Harrison also urged graduates to have a "can-do" attitude, to embrace diversity, to surround themselves with quality people, and above all to "be accountable to something larger than yourself."

"Wherever your path leads you, I wish you success," he said.

Pulaski Tech is an educational partner to Caterpillar, which is building a facility in North Little Rock that is expected to eventually employ 600 people.

During commencement, the Outstanding Student Awards were announced. Congratulations to the following students:

OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE

Diedre M. Brooks: Associate of Applied Science in
 Business - Office Technology

Vita L. Conley: Associate of Applied Science in
 Respiratory Therapy

Melba J. Connelly: Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development - Program Administration

Terri L. Duvall: Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development - Early Childhood Education

Kizzy A. Johnson: Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology

Danny H. Nelms: Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Donna K. Reed: Associate of Applied Science in
 Business - Accounting

Jennifer M. Stoelting: Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Shuccana R. Williams: Associate of Applied Science in Business - Office Supervision Management

TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE

Brandon Burgess: Technical Certificate in
 Practical Nursing

Todd M. Chrissonberry: Technical Certificate in
 Welding Technology

Amanda B. Copeland: Technical Certificate in
 Dental Assisting

Stefanie Harrow: International College of Dentists Award for Clinical Excellence

Odell Marshall: Technical Certificate in
 Diesel Mechanics

Charles W. Myers: Technical Certificate in
 Collision Repair Technology

Virgil W. Reed: Technical Certificate in
 Small Engine Repair

Gina A. Stott: Technical Certificate in
 Medical Transcription




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