East Georgia State College will hold their Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Gymnasium. The alumni speaker for the event will be Theresa R. Davis, EGSC Class of 1981, and the student representative will be Jessica Dixon, Miss East Georgia State College 2016.
State Senator Jesse Stone will give the commencement address. Senator Stone, a Republican, represents the 23rd Senate District of Georgia. His district includes Burke, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, McDuffie, Screven and Warren counties and portions of Columbia, Emanuel and Richmond counties.
He currently serves as Chairman of Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee and Vice Chairman of Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. He is also a member of the Education and Youth, Ethics, Judiciary (Civil) and Appropriations Committees. He is a member of the Rural Caucus, the Savannah Caucus and the Sportsman’s Caucus.
Before joining the State Senate, Sen. Stone was the Mayor of Waynesboro from 2003-2007. Since 2003, he has served on the Waynesboro Historic Preservation Commission and the Downtown Development Authority.
His past leadership roles include: Chair of the State Bar’s Agricultural Law Section, Secretary of the Middle Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Vice Chair of the East Georgia State College Foundation, President of the Swainsboro Primary PTO, Administrative Board Chairman of Swainsboro First Methodist, President of Burke Co. Genealogical Society, Chairman of Burke Co. Republican Party, Vice Chairman of 12th Congressional Dist. Republican Committee, Georgia-Carolina Boy Scout Council, Burke County Health Dept. Board, and Central Savannah River Area RDC Board. He received a joint Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia. Currently, Senator Stone is managing partner at the law firm of Merrill & Stone with offices in Waynesboro and Swainsboro where he specializes in the practice of business reorganization and commercial litigation.
He and his wife, Amanda, are Episcopalian and they have three children together: Drew, Laura and Sarah.
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall.