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NETC Plans Special Events for May 18

Keynote Speaker Congressman Tom Rice will be delivering the message to NETC's graduating class on May 18.

Keynote Speaker: Congressman Tom Rice will be delivering the message to NETC's graduating class on May 18.

Northeastern Technical College will welcome Congressman Tom Rice to campus on May 18 for the college's 2013 Commencement Exercises and the alumni festivities following graduation.

Rice, who represents the 7th District of South Carolina in Congress, will be the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony, which will be held outside on NETC's main campus in Cheraw. Students who completed programs of study during the academic year 2012-2013 will receive degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Graduates and alumni will be invited to take part in the first annual NETC Homecoming & Reunion immediately following graduation, where Congressman Rice will be named an honorary alumnus of NETC.

"May 18 is a special day this year for Northeastern Technical College," Dr. Ron Bartley, college president, said. "We are combining our annual graduation with a homecoming event for all Chestefield-Marlboro Technical College (CMTC) and NETC alumni, college employees and special guests. This a first-time event for our college, and we look forward to reuniting all whose educational or career pathways started with NETC."

The homecoming will begin at 11:30 a.m. with food and musical entertainment provided by the band A New Creation. MyFM 93.9 radio station personalities Jay Lewis and George Adams, also known as the "Morning Mess," will be broadcasting live during the event.

"There will be games and activities for all ages, so we are inviting alumni to bring their families for this day of food, fun and fellowship," Dr. Veverlyn Watson-Smith, director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, said. "We will also be honoring alumni who have demonstrated to be outstanding success stories for the college. We welcome nominations for these alumni awards."

Please submit a Nomination Form by May 9.

The college will also be giving away door prizes donated by local businesses, industries, clubs and organizations. If a business or civic group would like to donate items for door prizes, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (843) 921-6911.

Founded in 1969, the college graduated its first class in 1970 with 32 students graduating from five programs: technical secretary, automotive mechanics, air conditioning, refrigeration and heating; welding; and machine shop. Today, NETC enrolls approximately 1,700 students and offers 21 associate degrees, 23 certificates and four diplomas in various topics from nursing to electronics technology to criminal justice.

The NETC Alumni Association is reaching out to more than 4,000 graduates to confirm membership and reap the benefits of joining the alumni association. Graduates of NETC (or CMTC) can confirm their membership online or by calling (843) 921-6911 or emailing Marilyn Collins at

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