NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2016 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) held its 64th commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 in Adena Hall on the Newark campus. Associate degrees and certificates were awarded to 141 graduates who completed programs in autumn semester 2016.
"Whether your story is one of career pursuit, expansion, or reinvention, the journey for many has been a delicate balancing act of work, family and school. And now you have arrived at the culmination of your educational experience: commencement," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., to the graduates in attendance. "This ceremony signifies the great accomplishment that comes from years of hard work and dedication to a cause of self-enrichment that can lead to the betterment of not only yourself but also our communities."
Graduates varied in age from 20 to 56 years old with an average age of 30. They represented 13 of Ohio's counties. The top five programs by number of graduates included:
A video of the ceremony will be available in two to three weeks on our YouTube channel.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.