ATC Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony

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ALBANY, GA – Albany Technical College graduation commencement celebrating the accomplishments of graduates for Spring 2022 will take place Thursday, April 28, 7:00 PM at the James H. Gray Civic Center. Candidates for Technical Certificates of Credit, Diplomas, Associate Degrees and High School Equivalencies will be recognized for their accomplishments.

This notification comes as an official invitation to the graduates, families, friends and community. View the Spring 2022 Graduation Commencement of Albany Technical College live on Albany Tech’s YouTube Channel and live on Mediacom Channel 19 (ASU TV).

  • The spring 2022 ATC commencement is scheduled to be rebroadcast as noted below:
  • Saturday, April 30th, 2022 Mediacom Channel 19, ASU TV at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 1, 2022 Mediacom Channel 19, ASU TV at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Mediacom Channel 19, ASU TV at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 5, 2022 Mediacom Channel 19, ASU TV at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 30th, 2022 92.7FM ASU Rams Radio at 11:00 AM

Graduates picked up caps and gowns at GradFest in March and had an opportunity to purchase class rings. “We are excited to announce that ATC has a total graduating class of 646 students with an overall sum of awards totaling 905 for the spring 2022 commencement. This includes Technical Certificate of Credit, Diploma, and/or Associate Degrees,” stated Kennosha Hawkins, Albany Technical College Registrar.

Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Technical College said, “Recognizing these students for their achievements is very important. It takes hard work, and they will achieve their goals if they have made it this far. Our graduates will go into the community prepared with the best career education available.”

Carvel LewisThe Keynote speaker for the ceremony is Carvel Lewis, Board Representative from the Second Congressional District Technical College System of Georgia.

Carvel Clarence Lewis graduated from Randolph-Clay High School in Cuthbert, Georgia in 1987. While in high school, he attended Governor’s Honors in Social Studies, served as one of Georgia’s two representatives to the United States Senate Youth Program, and was the student member of Georgia’s delegation to the Bicentennial Celebration of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Mr. Lewis was also his class salutatorian, Star Student and SGA President.

After graduation, he matriculated at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where he received his bachelor’s degrees in biology and a minor in political science. During undergrad he played lacrosse, served as his class president three of his four years, held membership in Beta Kappa Chi and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Societies, served as President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Pan Hellenic Council, and was Captain of the College Bowl Academic Team.

Upon graduation, Mr. Lewis moved to Washington, DC, and joined the staff of President George Bush, serving as a speechwriter, staff member in the Office of National Service and a member of the White House Advance Team.

After serving on the transition team, he became a political consultant and pollster until 1994, when he joined the faculty and staff of Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. There he directed federal programs and taught Freshmen studies.

In 1996, Carvel joined the staff of the State YMCA of Georgia as a district director promoting Y Clubs, Christian service clubs in Georgia’s metro school districts, and served as liaison to the United Way of Metro Atlanta. From 2001 to 2006, he worked at Bank of America as a Communications Director and Compliance Officer in Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix, St. Louis and Seattle.

After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA, he returned home to work in the family business, opening Lewis Mortuary II in Georgetown in 2008. Since returning home Mr. Lewis has served his community in various capacities, such as: Quitman County Library Board, Chairman (2010-Present), Georgetown-Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority Board, Vice Chairman (2009-2011), Chairman (2011-2017), Quitman County Planning and Zoning Board, Vice Chairman (2008), Quitman County Family Connections Collaborative, Secretary (2017-Present), Board of Commissioners (2012 – present), Chairman (2017-Present), Quitman County Health Board (2017 – present), Southwest Georgia Regional Economic Development Board Representative for Georgetown-Quitman County, Southwest Georgia Council of Governments, Chairman (2021 – present), 2021 Recipient of ACCG’s Emory Greene Leadership Award.

Other accomplishments include: Served as Quitman County Civic League President (2011 to Present), St. Stephen AME Church, Sunday School teacher (2007 to Present), Trustee Board Chairman (2014 to present) and Steward Board Chairman (2016 to Present), Quitman County Men’s Fellowship, President (2014 to present), providing free meals to elderly and disabled members of the community throughout the year, 2017 Rural Star Designee, Lewis Mortuary, Representing Entrepreneurial Spirit in Southwest Georgia, appointed to the Middle Chattahoochee Water Council by Governor Nathan Deal in 2015, served until 2019, appointed to the EPA’s 31 member Local Government Advisory Council (LGAC) and the 18 member Small Community Advisor Subcommittee (SCAS) by President Donald Trump in 2017 and reappointed in 2019, appointed to the Technical College System of Georgia Board by Governor Brian Kemp in 2019, representing Georgia’s Second Congressional District, currently serving on the Nominations and Governance, Compliance and Audit Committees and chairs the Operations, Finance and Planning committee, served on the Governor’s 2020 Covid-19 Task Force for County Commissioners, a member of the executive committee for the River Valley Regional Commission and Chairman of the regional commission’s TIA Roundtable for TSPLOST, National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc. National Board Member 1996-2012; National Student Recruitment and Retention Co-Chairman 1996-2000, Chairman 2000-2008; Atlanta Chapter President 1998-2002; Southeast Region President 2006-2010; National Vice President of the Eastern Regions 2010-2012."

ATC Graduation Statistics

  • Total graduates for Spring 2022 commencement – 646
  • Total awards to the graduates – 905 (TCC, Diploma and Degree)
  • GED/High School Equivalency graduates – 23
  • With Honors – 28
  • Honors with Distinction (GPA 3.75-3.94) –19 (unduplicated)
  • Presidential Scholars (3.95-4.0) – 9 (unduplicated)
  • Dual Enrollment Total – 106