Graduation is 7 p.m. at The Forum in downtown Rome.
The new surgical technology program will have its first set of graduates. The science-based program prepares students to assist doctors in surgeries.
Keynote speaker for the graduation is Al Hodge, president of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.
Hodge joined the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO in 1997. Prior to joining the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, he was President and CEO of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and served as Manager of Trade and Community Development, Vice President, and eventually Executive Vice President of the Charleston (South Carolina) Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Hodge holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Georgia, is a graduate of the Institute of Organization Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (University of Colorado); Leadership South Carolina; Leadership Charleston; Leadership Augusta; and Leadership Georgia.
Hodge also represents the 11th Congressional District as the vice-chairman on the Georgia Board of Education. He has been named Chairman of the State Board of Education Liaison Committee established to enhance communication among the State Board of Education, the Department of Technical and Adult Education Board, and the State Board of Regents. He currently serves on the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and in 2006 was a part of the National Committee Panel for Civic Education and Learning.
He is married to Cheryl Riner Hodge, artist, and they have one daughter, Marie Hodge Gordon.