East Georgia State College will hold their Fall Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Gymnasium. The alumni speaker for the event will be Andrew Darley, EGC Class of 2008, and student representative will be Student Government Association President Kandanasia McNeal.
Antré Drummer, professor of mathematics at EGSC, will give the commencement address. Drummer is a native of Millen, Ga. He received his high school diploma from Jenkins County High School in 2003 and an A.A. degree in General Studies from East Georgia College in the Fall of 2006. He continued his education at Georgia Southern University, where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics. Later, he was inspired to pursue and earned a B.S. in Psychology in 2017.
In 2012, Drummer was hired to serve as a faculty member at East Georgia State College, teaching mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He has excelled in the classroom and dedicated his heart to the development of young minds. He expresses the importance of education and the overall development of the individual.
He takes his passion a step further by serving as the Director of the African American Male Initiative for East Georgia State College. He is working diligently to improve the narrative of today’s young black males in the region. This has sparked the passion to understand people more intimately and to be a greater role model for young men.
Drummer is committed to the East Georgia State College mission of providing quality education for deserving students. His dedication has not waivered and his contributions are life-changing.
Andrew Darley, PharmD, BCPS, is an Associate Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Ga. In this role, he coordinates introductory hospital experiences for Doctor of Pharmacy students across the state. As a college faculty member in the Division of Experience Programs, he instructs students in experiential, skills, and didactic components of the PharmD curriculum.
A native of Toombs County, Darley is a 2006 graduate of Toombs County High School and a 2008 graduate of East Georgia College. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia in 2012 and completed a postgraduate pharmacy practice residency at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. Following his residency, he worked as a Clinical Pharmacist in internal medicine at Memorial before joining the UGA faculty in 2014. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Student speaker Kandanasia “Kandy” McNeal was elected Student Government President in April of 2017. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Keta McNeal and Anthony Goodman, and is from Claxton, Ga. She is majoring in Business Administration at East Georgia State College and will attend Valdosta State University to pursue a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in management and minor in business law. Her hobbies include volunteering for numerous events in her local community, helping her EGSC Bobcat peers, competing in pageants and hanging out with friends and family.
Following the commencement ceremony, a reception will be held in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall.