CGTC Announces Keynote Speaker for Commencement Ceremony

April 24, 2019

Dr. John WatfordWarner Robins, Ga. –  Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) will welcome Dr. John Watford, president of South Georgia Technical College (SGTC), to deliver the keynote address at its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. The ceremony will honor associate degree, diploma credit-program candidates, and GED® graduates.

In his third year as president of SGTC, Watford has furthered his accomplishments of more than 28 years as an experienced educator. Watford served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at SGTC from February 2012 to March 2016. He has also served as the Vice President of Operations for the Crisp County Center, the Director of Instruction, Information Technology Director, and as a Computer Information Systems Instructor for SGTC.

“Dr. Watford has the knowledge and expertise that truly understands the challenges our students have worked through to arrive at such a promising occasion. We look forward to hearing his message to our graduates for their outstanding accomplishments,” said Dr. Craig Jackson, vice president of Student Affairs at CGTC.

Outside of the 28 years at South Georgia Technical College, Watford also worked as an Applications Engineer for Cooper Lighting for four years.

Watford is a graduate of the Technical College System of Georgia Executive Leadership Academy and is a member of many other professional organizations. He received his Doctor of Education from the University of Georgia in 2004. He is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Administration. He also earned his Specialist in Education Degree from Columbus State University.

CGTC’s commencement ceremony will be held at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum, Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Additionally, CGTC’s ceremony will be live streamed and may be viewed at A special link will be available the day of the event.

Photo: Dr. John Watford, president of South Georgia Technical College.