The commencement speaker for the first ceremony was Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat. Red Hat supports four $2,000 merit-based scholarships for students in computer technologies programs every year. “On behalf of Red Hat, we’re proud to support the efforts of Wake Tech,” said Whitehurst, “I’m honored to be among the first to congratulate Wake Tech’s Class of 2012 on all of their accomplishments.”
The second ceremony featured two student speakers: Margaret Krahe and Douglas Todt. Krahe is a mother of five who has been out of the workforce for 20 years. “I decided that this was the time in my life that I could choose what I wanted to do,” said Maggie. “I knew I wanted to help either seniors, or children.” Krahe earned an Associate in Arts degree and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Douglas Todt also earned an Associate in Arts degree. A former U.S. Marine, Todt is planning to transfer to NC State University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and then pursue a career with the FBI. “The classes at Wake Tech are hard, but instructors take one-on-one time with you,” Todt said. “I feel that Wake Tech gave me everything I needed to get to the next stage of my education.”
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