By Sarrah Peters
On Friday, July 22, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored about 75
students during its graduation ceremonies.
The program began with the processional of graduates and the
presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets.Counseling Manager Epiphany
Cherry sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Student Records Manager Shelia
Cooper-Moragne gave the Invocation. Student Government President
Russell Williams gave a welcome speech to the crowd.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Antjuan Marsh, an administrator at McAdory
High School in Jefferson County. Marsh is known as an instructional
leader. In his time as administrator, he has integrated Advanced
Placement classes and credit recovery programs. He has increased
minority student enrollment and the school’s graduation rate.
Addressing the graduates, Marsh gave an impassioned speech about five
words: purpose, potential, people, process and posterity.
“Everybody has a purpose,” said Marsh.
Marsh said that this step would help them fulfill their potential.
“You’ve done something great to earn this diploma, but we haven’t seen
the best of you yet,” said Marsh.
Marsh also maintained that it was important for the graduates to
“Remember who you are and who you are becoming,” he said.
After the speech, Center Director Juvenol Levros presented the
graduates with their diplomas. Leaving the stage, graduates were given
a rose, which they presented to someone who helped them on the path to
graduation after the diplomas were awarded.
Job Corps graduating student Jordan Johnson was presented with a check
for $100,000 to continue his education from The Army College Fund.
The ceremony ended with remarks by Levros.