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As an online learner, celebrating your success with classmates may seem out of reach. Not at Ashworth. We commemorate our students’ triumphs and seal the deal on their educational journey with a victorious walk across the stage. Each year, students and their families and friends come together to celebrate our favorite day of the year, graduation! This year’s ceremony was held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on August 3. If you weren’t able to attend and want to see how graduates celebrated Ashworth style, check out our 2019 graduation highlights and watch the ceremony!
Graduates from Ashworth College and James Madison High School, our sister high school, celebrated their achievements in Cobb County, Georgia. Over 440 graduates attended from all over to cross the stage. The day welcomed more than 2,750 family members and friends who cheered graduates on and celebrated their achievements from the audience. We loved seeing the pride on your family’s faces!
Decorating graduation caps allows grads to show off their style and add some flare to their gown. We saw a lot of creative caps this year! From those that showcased loved ones, to quotes that displayed all the emotions that come with graduation day, the graduates put their personality on display. If you are celebrating at home, you can still show off your decorated cap by tagging #AWgrad2019 on social media!
As a graduate, you worked hard and prepared for the future. You deserve to be recognized. “More people worry about the future than prepare for it,” said Lisa Rutsky, Vice President of Education and Academic Dean. “You are all the exception to that.”
Education is a lifelong pursuit that puts the future you want in reach. That’s how 2019 Ashworth College Outstanding Graduate Christy Bradley feels. “It doesn’t stop here, it doesn’t stop tomorrow,” she said. Cristy, who graduated from the Paralegal Studies Associate Degree program, enrolled at Ashworth “at the ripe age of 45.” Now, at 46, she walked the stage and celebrated the momentous experience with her son, William Tyler Rhodes, who graduated from Human Resource Administration Associate Degree program.“It hasn’t been easy,” Cristy said. “There have been obstacles. But today, at 46, I am graduating with honors.”
Our graduates came from all different walks of life, each with their own unique story of how they got to where they are today. Keynote speaker, Al Duncan, recognized that. “A person’s definition of you does not define you,” he said. “Your circumstances don’t determine your outcome, your choices do.”
Special shoutout to Briana Williams, 2019 JMHS Outstanding Grad. Brianna said she began as an anxiety-filled teenager. “Today I am proud to say I have been accepted into 11 universities and received more than $250,000 in grants and scholarships,” she said. We couldn’t be prouder!
Whether you walked the stage this August or you started your first course, here at Ashworth we’re proud of you! Your achievements are worth celebrating and you should be proud of yourselves, too. We can’t wait to continue recognizing our students and we’ll see you at next year’s graduation!