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Graduation 2014 Ceremony Overview

Saturday, August 2 at Cobb Energy Centre

Walking in a graduation ceremony is the culmination and acknowledgement of the hard work that goes into earning your diploma, degree or certificate. The faculty of Ashworth College, James Madison High School and PCDI Canada invite you to take the first step to celebrating with your family and friends at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony.

  • Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Location: Cobb Energy Centre
    2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
    (770) 916-2800

Graduate Registration & Regalia Orders:

Registration is now CLOSED for this years Graduation 2014 Ceremony. Last day to meet graduation requirements to attend this years ceremony is May 31, 2014.

  • Regalia package includes cap, gown, and tassel: $45 if paid by May 15, 2014. After May 15, the cost increases to $55 (includes shipping). Students graduating with Honors can order an Honors cord for an additional $10.
  • No regalia packages will be ordered after June 23, 2014. Any regalia package shipping after June 17 will require an additional $10 shipping fee.
  • Regalia cannot be shipped to a PO Box or Apartment.
  • Graduates not planning to participate in the ceremony may purchase the Regalia package.
  • Regalia orders must be confirmed and paid directly through Ashworth College Business Services at 1-800-349-6689 or 770-729-8400 within 48 hours of registration.

Guest Tickets on Sale March 15 to July 25, 2014:

Share this special moment with family and friends by purchasing your guest tickets at TicketWeb or by calling 1-866-777-8932. Guest tickets are $18 each if purchased before May 15, 2014. $22 after May 15, 2014; children under 10 free.

  • Graduating active duty service members, military spouses, and veterans receive one (1) free guest ticket. Contact Business Services at 1-800-349-6689 to reserve yours.
  • There is no limit to the number of guest tickets a graduate can purchase. Tickets will be sold until July 25, 2014; however, tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis according to facility capacity.

Schedule of Events

  • Registration: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Portrait Photographer: TBD
  • Rehearsal: 12:30 pm (mandatory for all graduates)
  • Ceremony: 3:00 pm
  • Commencement Speaker: Leah K. Matthews
  • Light Reception: to follow Ceremony

Commencement Speaker Leah K. Matthews

Leah K. Matthews

Dr. Leah K. Matthews began serving as the DETC Executive Director on April 1, 2013. Dr. Matthews comes to DETC from her previous position as Vice President for Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the national coordinating organization for higher education accrediting organizations. In that role, she managed the CHEA recognition process for 60 accreditors that provide regional, national and programmatic accreditation. Prior to working with CHEA, Dr. Matthews served nearly 12 years on the staff of the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges, of which for seven years she held a senior leadership position.

Prior to joining ACCSC, Dr. Matthews worked for five years as a civilian based at the U.S. Army Japan Headquarters in Zama, Japan where she directed family support services and education programs for children and youth and where she directed the Army Family Action Plan advocating for post secondary education opportunities for soldiers and families assigned to the U.S. Army Japan, Headquarters.

Dr. Matthews also taught for several years in the Baltimore City Schools system. In her second year of teaching, she was selected to pioneer an innovative curriculum design for reading and math, Success for All, through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Matthews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

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