The Union Recorder

Editorials

May 10, 2014

Baldwin County would benefit from maintaining scholars after graduation

MILLEDGEVILLE — This weekend nearly 1,500 students and their families will celebrate the culmination of their hard work, focus and dedication during undergraduate commencement at Georgia College.

These types of ceremonies are commonplace around the country this time of year.

Central Georgia Technical College celebrated its largest-ever graduating class Friday evening in its first commencement ceremony since its merger with Middle Georgia Technical College. Among the graduates to walk across the CGTC stage at the Macon Centreplex were 14 students from Baldwin County. Around the same time Friday evening, 440 graduate students received specialty degrees from Georgia College.

Next month, a group of Georgia Military College graduates will walk across a stage as well.

Degrees in hand now many, if not most, move on to the next phase — putting their knowledge and skills sets into practice by landing a job in their respective fields of study. Baldwin County has been the place many of these graduates have either resided or commuted to for months and years as they worked on their degrees, and now many of them will soon claim their stake in a new community as they move on with their careers.

Though some will stay in the area, it certainly would be great if more of them did. As they have worked toward their degrees, Milledgeville and Baldwin County have played a role in their preparation for this new chapter in their lives; the instructors who have prepared them, the community where they have worked and been supported. That support also extends, however, beyond the degree.

Continuing efforts to cultivate a community that supports and promotes entrepreneurialism fosters business growth and expansion, and one that works for the improvement of overall quality of life for families helps extend that support. These efforts remind graduates that there are numerous reasons to stay around and lots to offer in Milledgeville and Baldwin County. Working together and working toward expanding projects such as the Communiversity efforts in the former Shaw building, the Central State Hospital redevelopment work and other similar projects in development give not only recent graduates but also long-time residents more potential for career opportunities and growth in their own lives — more options and more reasons to call Baldwin County home.

Congratulations and hats off to the collegiate Class of 2014. Wherever your pursuits take you, be reminded that Milledgeville played a role in helping shape them and that the community wishes you much success in the years ahead.

1
Text Only
Editorials
Poll
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth