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Local student walks in Ashworth graduation
Carolyn Szafranski of Hinesville poses with family and friends after Ashworth’s Aug. 7 graduation ceremony in Atlanta. - photo by Photo provided.
NORCROSS — Ashworth College, parent company of Ashworth High School, welcomed more than 1,400 graduates, faculty, family and friends Aug. 7 to the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta for the 2010 graduation ceremony. It was the largest in the school’s history. Two-hundred and eighty-six Ashworth graduates attended, representing each of the school’s high school and college degree, certificate and diploma programs.
Among this year’s graduates, Hinesville resident Carolyn Szafranski received her high school diploma. More than 25 family members and friends attended to support Szafranski.
“Not only did I want to do this for myself, but to inspire others in my family to continue their education,” she said. Szafranski’s daughter, Theresa, is enrolled at Ashworth High School.
The new graduate’s husband, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Szafranski Sr., who is stationed at Fort Stewart, attended the celebration. The Szafranskis have two children, Pvt. 2nd Class Sarah Szafranski, who is stationed at Fort Myer, Va., and Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Szafranski Jr., who is stationed at Fort Benning. The Szafranskis also have a son-in-law stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.  
Ashworth Chairman and CEO Gary Keisling presided over the ceremony and was joined on stage by Dr. F. Milton Miller, Ashworth vice president of education, and John Riser, director of high school and career school diploma program development. Dr. Nicole Detling Miller, Olympic speed skating team sports psychologist and chief instructor for the Ashworth School of Sports Psychology, delivered this year’s commencement address.
“While distance education has become mainstream, it is not easy. To be successful, it requires drive and discipline and it’s clear that each of you possess these qualities,” Keisling said. “Today is a celebration of your success and your education is a contribution to helping you find your life’s great passion. All of us at Ashworth hope that in some small way we’ve been able to bring learning, experience and achievement to your life.”
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