Billy Taylor and Charlene Bradford were among 68 honors students who were recognized Tuesday during Albany Technical College’s Winter Honors Day. Taylor majored in Criminal Justice while Bradford majored in Early Childhood.
ALBANY, Ga. — Billy Taylor remembers the day more than 25 years ago when he told his mother he was joining the Navy.
“She wasn’t happy about it, she wanted me to go to college,” Taylor said. “I joined the Navy anyway and retired after 24 and a half years. But I always told here I would go to college.”
On Tuesday, Taylor and 67 of his peers picked up certificates of recognition during Albany Technical College’s Winter Honors Day.
Taylor, who is ATC’s SGA president, was also honored by inclusion in the National Technical Honor Society, was recognized as an ATC Ambassador and as a member of Alpha Theta Chi.
He will graduate Friday with an associate’s degree in criminal justice.
“My mother passed two years ago and I know this would have meant a lot to her,” Taylor said. “Today was exciting for me, it means a lot to me. I look at it as trying to fulfill a promise I made to my mother.”
Taylor, who works at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, will continue his education, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State.
“After I graduate from Albany State, I’d like to get a job counseling juveniles,” said Taylor.
Another Honors graduate, Charlene Bradford, called the day “a milestone for me and another step in using education to better myself.”
Bradford, who works in the reading program at Lama Reese Magnet School, will graduate Friday with a degree in early childhood. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the same field at Albany State.
Bradford was named to the National Technical Honor Society and The President’s List for maintaining all As and a 4.0 GPA during the term.