|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
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
Brandon Burgess: Technical Certificate in
Todd M. Chrissonberry: Technical Certificate in
Amanda B. Copeland: Technical Certificate in
Stefanie Harrow: International College of Dentists Award for Clinical Excellence
Odell Marshall: Technical Certificate in
Charles W. Myers: Technical Certificate in
Collision Repair Technology
Virgil W. Reed: Technical Certificate in
Small Engine Repair
Gina A. Stott: Technical Certificate in