ALBANY, GA – Albany Technical College will hold Spring 2018 Commencement Exercises on Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center. A reception will be held prior to the ceremony in the Community Meeting Room of the Civic Center.

One hundred three (103) students are set to receive associate degrees, 251 will receive diplomas, and 648 will receive technical certificates of credit at the ceremony. Twenty-five (25) students are slated to receive the General Education Development (GED). In addition, 78 students will be walking with various honors, including American Criminal Justice Association Club, Ambassadors, Engineering Club (E-Club), Honors with Distinction, National Technical Honors Society (NTHS), Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), Presidential Scholar, SkillsUSA, Student Fellowship for Christians (SFC), and Student Government Association (SGA). These students were honored at the college’s Honor’s Day program held earlier this week. 

Keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Major General Craig C. Crenshaw.  General Crenshaw began his career as a logistics officer with 3d Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1984 through the NROTC Program. He has served as platoon commander, maintenance management officer, and assistant logistics officer. While assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1992, he was assigned to the Program Executive Office for Cruise Missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, where he served as the Marine Corps Integrated Logistics Support Manager and Deputy Director, Joint Logistics Program, Joint Logistics Directorate.


General Crenshaw served as Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group in 2002, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later he returned to Camp Lejeune in 2008 where he served as Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2d Marine Logistics Group.


In July 2012, he relinquished command of 3d Marine Logistics Group, Okinawa, Japan, which he commanded since June 2010, to serve as the Vice Director J4 Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He subsequently was assigned as the Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (LP) HQMC.


In May 2015, Major General Crenshaw assumed his current position as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Logistics Command Albany, Georgia.
 

Major General Crenshaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master’s degree in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University, a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, and is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and the Program Manager Course from Defense Acquisition University.


Major General Crenshaw's personal awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit awards and citations.

Among the graduates for Thursday’s commencement are four Dual Enrollment high school students graduating with associate degrees who will continue their education at four-year universities to earn bachelor’s degrees.  Those students are Tarence Banks, senior at Westover Comprehensive High School, Computer Support Specialist associate degree; Kayla Smith, senior at Westover Comprehensive High School, Business Management associate degree; Gabrielle Webb, senior at Monroe Comprehensive High School, Pharmacy Technology associate degree; and Akendai Womack, senior at Dougherty Comprehensive High School, Business Logistics Management associate degree. 


About Albany Technical College

A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to www.albanytech.edu or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlbanyTech or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbanyTech. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting www.youtube.com/albanytech1.