GNTC’s 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremony


Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Date: Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

Location: Dalton Convention Center, Dalton, Georgia.

More than 170 students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine-county service area will exit the Dalton Convention Center on Thursday, May 2, armed with the education and technical training needed to kick-start their careers.


The 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.


After students, administrators and faculty march into place during Processional, the National Anthem will be performed by Vince Stalling, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Services coordinator at GNTC. Invocation will be led by Donny Holmes, program director and instructor of the Construction Management program at GNTC.


Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, will welcome guests and introduce commencement address speaker Leyner Argueta, program director and instructor of Business Management at GNTC.


Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will recognize High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates who are veterans, FBLA Collegiate members, SkillsUSA members and Student Government Association members will also be led by Phillips.


Dr. Elizabeth Anderson, vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, will present the graduates, and Dr. Popham will confer the graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.


Susan Bowman, assistant dean, program director and instructor of Health Information Management Technology at GNTC, will administer the GNTC Alumni Association Oath.


Listed are graduates that are participating in the 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremony showing (from left) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the commencement program was printed:


Associate of Applied Science degree   

Rianna Brooke Atkinson, Respiratory Care

Emily M. Austin, Early Childhood Care and Education

Katelyn Lanell Ayres-Hickman, Marketing Management

Bianca Yvette Bailon, Business Management

Savannah Brumbelow, Computer Support Specialist

Alexa R. Burk, Respiratory Care

Jake Anderson Burkhalter, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Silas Reed Callahan, Web Site Design/Development

Tiffany Allene Chaffer, Business Management

Alexis P. Chastain, Early Childhood Care and Education

Kalei R. Cobb, Accounting

Timothy K. Conner, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Yuliana Cornejo Lopez, Business Management

Montserrath Cruz, Early Childhood Care and Education

Elizabeth Grace Dagostino, Cybersecurity

Kealani Keundae Daniel, Business Management

Yadira De Leon-Matute, Construction Management

Kayla Breann Dockery, Business Management

Adam Wade French, Computer Support Specialist

Summer Alyssa Goins, Drafting Technology

Julia M. Gonzalez, Business Management

Lana Charlene Grindstaff, Business Management

Ian P. Guider, Technical Studies

Maria Veronica Guzman Escutia, Respiratory Care

Kaitlyn Sierra Hartline, Business Management

Amber Renee Hight, Respiratory Care

Holly L. Hogan, Accounting

Savannah Marie Howington, Industrial Systems Technology

Breanna M. Hudson, Accounting

Crystal Hudspeth, Accounting

Cassidy Renee Jacobs-Jacks, Social Work Assistant

Cassandra Neptune Jean-Simon, Respiratory Care

Claudia Anice Lewis, Health Care Management

Heydi G. Martinez, Criminal Justice Technology

Areyanne Nybri’ Mazique, Respiratory Care

Alma D. Mitchell, Industrial Systems Technology

Ashley Montgomery, Respiratory Care

Beverly Neill, Criminal Justice Technology

Ashley Camille Norton, Respiratory Care

Benjamin Olorunfemi, Cybersecurity

Francois Xavier Onana Atangana, Business Management

Chadwick Parkman, Cybersecurity

Esmeralda Peinado, Early Childhood Care and Education

Tara Elizabeth Peloquin, Respiratory Care

Corinna B. Perrusquia, Respiratory Care

Pamela D. Perry, Business Healthcare Technology

Ashley Pigman, Computer Support Specialist

William Price, Drafting Technology

Cristian Alejandra Ramirez-Martinez, Industrial Systems Technology

Ana Keslie Ramos, Business Healthcare Technology

Kaitlin Ratledge, Business Management

Christina M. Robinson, Business Management

Daniela Rodriguez-Romo, Early Childhood Care and Education

Nicole Romo-Wright, Accounting

Kayla Peek Santos, Respiratory Care

Elena Mitzela Serrano, Horticulture

Amber Sexton, Criminal Justice Technology

George Andrew Stoker, Industrial Systems Technology

Kayleigh Reanna Story, Respiratory Care

Keona R. Thomas, Early Childhood Care and Education

Maddie Gayle Tilley, Respiratory Care

Kimberly Rochelle Treadaway, Health Information Management Technology

Juana Vejar, Business Management

Kelsey Wade, Respiratory Care

Breanna R. Ware, Business Management

Savannah Rain Wentz, Early Childhood Care and Education

David L. Yarbrough, Industrial Systems Technology


Associate of Science in Nursing degree   


Nidian Almazan

Ashley Anton

Brianne E. Bauswell

Vanessa Elise Blackmon

Ja’Teria Colts

Carly Larai Ellison

Kymberly Grahn

Tania Linares

Kila Ivory Martin

Sadie Cierra Medckie

Jessica Sarah Parker

Amber L. Ptak

Brea S. Robbs

Jessica Nicole Washington




Anas Ahmad Alswaiti, Air Conditioning Technology

Carolina Arellano Lopez, Early Childhood Care and Education

Phillip Barge, Industrial Systems Technology

Kevin Barrientos-Torres, Welding and Joining Technology

Ashley D. Bennett, Marketing Management

Chuck Lynn Boyd, Electrical Systems Technology

Destiny F. Brown, Criminal Justice Technology

Yosdel Lizbeth Castaneda, Welding and Joining Technology

Tonya Couch, Social Work Assistant

Caleb Jordan Coulter, Business Management

Joel Cruz, Air Conditioning Technology

Ivan Cruz Juarez, Air Conditioning Technology

Jacen Frank Dixon, Welding and Joining Technology

Juana Samantha Franklin, Auto Collision Repair

Ridge Holcomb, Welding and Joining Technology

Dorothy Naomi Illangovan, Accounting

Dennis Eric Kollman, CNC Technology

Jose Leal, Electrical Systems Technology

Tracy Lynn Lomax, Early Childhood Care and Education

Natalie Nicole Matthews, Business Healthcare Technology

Joanna M. Miranda, Business Healthcare Technology

Angel Montoya, Air Conditioning Technology

Jennifer Beth Moore, Business Management

Jose Daniel Orellana, Construction Management

Gabriel Pineda, Air Conditioning Technology

Amanda D. Pope, Business Management

Joseph A. Puffer, Computer Support Specialist

Christian Randy Ramirez Perez, Electrical Systems Technology

David Emmanuel Rosales, Air Conditioning Technology

Connor Rowell, Electrical Systems Technology

Fabian Salaises, Welding and Joining Technology

Michael Jarrett Smith, Diesel Equipment Technology

Zachary Templeton, Welding and Joining Technology

Hannah A. Waits, Cybersecurity


Technical Certificate of Credit   


Nathaniel Abbott Jr., Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welder Fabricator

Alicia Alford, Clinical Office Assistant

Jennifer Ali, Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician-Adv

Samuel Edward Atchley, Entrepreneurship

Madalyne Rae Atkins, Clinical Office Assistant

Jennifer Bell, Clinical Office Assistant

Shaniqua K. Blair, Accelerated Phlebotomy Technician

Olivia Bradford, Clinical Office Assistant

Zamyhia D. Bradley, Accelerated Phlebotomy Technician

Alemar K. Briceno, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Juan A. Cabrera, Commercial Wiring

Cristian Alexander Calachij-Ajqui, Administrative Support Assistant

Lizbeth Selene Calderon-Barrios, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Gavin Ryan Carroll, Gas Tungsten Arc Welder

Aerial Alexandria Caylor, Phlebotomy Technician

Madison Chapman, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Tricia Chastain, Human Resource Management Specialist

Cala C. Clark, Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician-Adv

Tanya Cobb, CNA (Nurse Aide Accelerated)

Braden Andrew Davis, Gas Tungsten Arc Welder

Kaylynn Dickerson, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Evan J. Doyal, Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welder Fabricator

Quishantia Drayton, Medical Coding

Raquel Escutia, Clinical Office Assistant

Drema Nicole Hall, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Savannah Hibbs, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Alexis J. Hunter, Accelerated Phlebotomy Technician

Nevaeh King, Child Development Specialist

Makayla E. Kinsey, Accelerated Phlebotomy Technician

Audrey R. Lang, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Thamara Lon, Administrative Support Assistant

Sarah F. Marrero, Human Resource Management Specialist

Maribeth Mateo, Salon and Spa Support Specialist

Jahterriya McCluskey, Nail Technician

Alma Ofelia Morales, Clinical Office Assistant

Carolina Morales-Jimenez, Clinical Office Assistant

Blanca Esmeralda Morrugares, Data Entry Clerk

Catherine G. Navas, Accelerated Phlebotomy Technician

Jameelah Newton, Salon and Spa Support Specialist

Malak Odeh, Administrative Support Assistant

Salud Osegueda, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Natalia Palmerin, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Esmeralda Pelico-Natividad, Administrative Support Assistant

Mya Monae Pruitt, Nail Technician

Jared Reyes, Microsoft Word Application Professional

Yessica Reyes, Clinical Office Assistant

Ana Rosa Reyes Cornejo, Administrative Support Assistant

Keenan Riley, Automotive Refinishing Assistant II

Richaben Sunilkumar Shah, CNA (Nurse Aide Accelerated)

Victoria E. Simmons, Clinical Office Assistant

Audrey Faith Smith, Accelerated Phlebotomy Technician

Samara E’Niya Smith, Salon and Spa Support Specialist

Kendra Strickland, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Haley Elizabeth-Marie Wheat, Clinical Office Assistant

Destiny A. Williams, Salon and Spa Support Specialist

Shirley A. Willis, Healthcare Science