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GSW completes Spring Commencement

Class of 2016 takes next step

AMERICUS — Georgia Southwestern State University held its Spring 2016 Commencement Friday and conferred bachelor’s and master’s degrees to approximately 250 students. The event was held in Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. Retired state Sen. George Hooks delivered the keynote address.
Interim President Charles Patterson, Ph.D., introduced the 32-year veteran of the Georgia General Assembly. Hooks encouraged the class of 2016 to “always strive for the top,” but never to “forget the impact your efforts have on others.”

Georgia Southwestern Interim President Charles Patterson, left, takes a selfie with Michael Lawson of Moultrie prior to commencement.

Georgia Southwestern Interim President Charles Patterson, left, takes a selfie with Michael Lawson of Moultrie prior to commencement.

A slight change in the ceremony format included the hooding of graduates receiving master’s degrees. Graduate hooding previously took place in a separate ceremony prior to commencement. The School of Business Administration hosted a refreshment station (“Cake, Cookies, Commencement”) for graduates and their families following the event.

Sacajawea Cambron, second from right, raises her hand in celebration during Georgia Southwestern’s Spring 2016 Commencement.

Sacajawea Cambron, second from right, raises her hand in celebration during Georgia Southwestern’s Spring 2016 Commencement.

Faculty Senate President and Professor of Geology Samuel T. Peavy, Ph.D., served as the Macebearer during commencement. Jeffrey Waldrop, Ph.D., professor of English, was the Grand Marshal. Alumni Association President Lemond Hall, Ed.D., conferred alumni membership to the class.