Gabriella "Bella" Tyler, ’20

They have my back,” Tyler said of her faculty research mentors. “Every one of them has made a real difference for me.

Gabriella "Bella" Tyler, ’20
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Benjamin Coker, ’19

As I saw my dad go through treatments, I saw that nurses were the ones providing direct patient care,” Coker said. “That’s when I realized that what I really wanted to do was nursing.

Benjamin Coker, ’19
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, business administration minor
Aries Calaman ’20

I am always learning something about myself, like how I never knew how much this community [GGC] meant to me until I realized that I would do anything I could to assist in its success.

Aries Calaman ’20
Bachelor of Business Administration, management information systems concentration, information technology minor
Shannon Bermudez, ’19

GGC taught me the importance of philanthropy and giving back to the community,” Bermudez said, “If a community is thriving, everyone's quality of life is elevated. There is such beauty in a strong community.

Shannon Bermudez, ’19
Bachelor of Business Administration
Edil Nour, ’18

GGC will always be a home to me. The community here is something that I will forever cherish.

Edil Nour, ’18
Bachelor of Science in Biology: Biochemistry concentration and chemistry minor
Matthew Camp, '19

It feels like science fiction,” says Matthew Camp about his undergraduate research into cutting-edge visualization technologies. “It’s not 20 years in the future; it’s here now.

Matthew Camp, '19
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Mark Guevara, '17

At [GGC], we are not just a number or a statistic, but part of a growing family. GGC’s culture was the spark that led to my personal development.

Mark Guevara, '17
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Shelby Myers, '17

If it was not for the faculty who pushed me and dedicated their time toward helping me succeed in my classes, I would not be the confident and fun-loving [kindergarten] teacher I am right now.

Shelby Myers, '17
Bachelor of Science in Education: Early childhood education
Brittany Perry, '13

Brittany is exactly the kind of student for which GGC was built, and she’s precisely the sort of role model other students need," said Dr. Jennifer Wunder, director of Honors Programs. "She is a first-rate embodiment of our vision and mission.

Brittany Perry, '13
Bachelor of Business Administration: Marketing concentration
Kareem Adekunle, '16

Attending GGC is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It has provided a platform where I can achieve all I have set out to achieve because the program is built to help students succeed.

Kareem Adekunle, '16
Bachelor of Business Administration
Seijin Tranberg, '13

As a student who didn’t know how to apply to colleges and had no real career ambitions, GGC made all the difference.

Seijin Tranberg, '13
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: International relations and comparative politics concentration
Sean George, '14

I had professors and mentors at GGC who would motivate me, not just to help me become a successful student, but also a successful individual.

Sean George, '14
Bachelor of Business Administration: Leadership concentration
Ying "May" Meng, '17

I hope others can learn from my experiences and be inspired as others have inspired me. They can do this, too.

Ying "May" Meng, '17
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Digital media
Jose Gutierrez, '15

I think my experiences should be encouraging to other first-generation students. You can make something of yourself no matter where you are from. I want to use my experiences to mentor and motivate others.

Jose Gutierrez, '15
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
David Hollifield, '16

I’m eligible for help through the GI Bill, but it only covers about 50 percent," said Hollifield, one of many who receive financial assistance to attend GGC. "So I’ve had to find ways to cover the other 50 percent somehow.

David Hollifield, '16
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Criminology
Jordan McKay, '18

Through our nursing program’s relationship with the community, I was given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at local hospitals in clinical rotations and build clinical skills in a true healthcare environment with real, complex patients.

Jordan McKay, '18
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Jim Rooks, '16

I absolutely fell in love with it," said Rooks about history, recalling a childhood visit to Kennesaw Mountain. "That's when, as historians say, I caught the bug.

Jim Rooks, '16
Bachelor of Arts in History
Reggie Hairston, '17

The paraprofessional program is great for nontraditional students like me, who are already in the workforce and can’t quit their day jobs but want to switch careers. The relationship between GGC and GCPS allowed me this opportunity.

Reggie Hairston, '17
Bachelor of Science in Education: Special education
Flurim Aliu, '17

We each came to this college for our own special reasons. And we each are leaving it today with our own special gifts. I came to GGC with dreams. I am leaving it with goals and plans for how to achieve them.

Flurim Aliu, '17
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: International relations concentration
Hannah McAdams, '17

I have seen my family struggle with finances because they did not have college degrees, and I wanted to break the cycle. I have always loved learning. Knowledge is power! My destiny was not going to be restricted by my circumstances growing up.

Hannah McAdams, '17
Bachelor of Science in Education: Special education
Micah Seibel, '17

Micah Seibel is by far the best and the most prepared Senate aide I have had since being elected to the Senate," said Georgia Senator Brandon Beach. "I am thankful to GGC for providing the tools to prepare Micah with great leadership skills.

Micah Seibel, '17
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: International relations concentration
Homero Gonzalez, '11

How will you go about reaching success? That’s up to you. That’s the adventure. That’s the thrill that makes life worth living ... You can always forge your own path.

Homero Gonzalez, '11
Bachelor of Business Administration: Marketing concentration