Grandmother, Mother and Granddaughter Graduate at Commencement

Gateway Community and Technical College will confer 2,288 credentials upon 1,029 candidates for graduation and 118 general equivalency diplomas (GED) at the colleges 15th annual commencement ceremony tonight at 7 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Tonight, we celebrate the result of our students hard work and the commitment of our staff and faculty, said Dr. Vic Adams, Gateway interim president/CEO. We welcome the class of 2016 as new Gateway alumni and a prepared workforce for the community.

This year, the college saw a 3 percent increase in the number of candidates for graduation and an over 28 percent increase in number of credentials conferred.

Gateway is a rich college community, diverse in age, background and experience. Tonight, a grandmother, mother and granddaughter will graduate from Gateway together.

Barbara Howe said she is graduating tonight because my granddaughter believed in me.

When Howe was laid off after 19 years on her job, granddaughter Paige Bagwell, a Gateway dual credit student from Holmes High School, suggested she go back to college. Despite her doubts, Barbara listened to Paige and enrolled. Not long after Barbara lost her job, her daughter and Paiges mother, Tammi Bagwell, was also laid off. She, too, enrolled in Gateway.

Tonight, Bagwell and Howe will receive an associate in applied science degree in medical information technology. They will continue their education in health information technology and hope to work at St. Elizabeths Hospital.

Paige Bagwell, who graduated from Holmes, will receive her associate in applied science degree and plans to pursue a career in web design.

The biggest accomplishment is that we did this together, said Tammi Bagwell. Balancing home, work and school while all made the deans list was not easy, but the three women supported each other and completed their goal, together.

Howes statement to anyone considering college, If I can do it, you can do it!

The ceremony will include the presentation of the annual Student Choice Awards to outstanding faculty and staff nominated and selected by students. The college will also recognize faculty and staff New Horizon nominees for statewide recognition by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Gateway credentials include associate in arts, associate in science, and associate in applied science degrees, plus technical diplomas and certificates. Many graduates will receive more than one credential.

Gateway is now enrolling for summer classes. For more information, call 855.3GO-GCTC.