On Saturday, December 9, 2017, East Georgia State College held their Fall Commencement Ceremony, recognizing graduates from the Summer and Fall semesters. Students graduated with their Associate of Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees during the ceremony.
Alumni speaker for the event was Dr. Andrew Darley, EGSC Class of 2008, who wrote the EGSC Alma Mater. “Commencement is an important milestone for students,” he said. “Graduates, you have earned a degree from an outstanding institution and I congratulate you.”
The student speaker was Student Government Association President Kandanasia “Kandy” McNeal, who said, “You have all worked so hard to get to where you are today. You did it; you made it. You are tomorrow’s leaders and you will make a difference in the world.”
Commencement speaker for the occasion was EGSC Professor of Mathematics and head of the African American Male Initiative, Antré Drummer.
“When you embrace where you come from, you have a place to measure your growth,” Drummer began, talking about his childhood in poverty in Millen. “When I was growing up, my goal was to grow up, get out, go to the Army, learn some stuff, and come back home. When it came time to take the physical for the Army, my knee had swelled up and they said they couldn’t take me. I came home and my mom had signed me up for East Georgia.
“She enrolled me in these classes, and she signed up for the classes with me. She was sitting in class with me!” he said. “How was I going to holler at any ladies with Mom sitting right there? But I watched her. Class was an escape for her. She would be more happy than she ever was at home.”
“When you’re going through life, success is a challenge, and with challenges come a lot of mistakes,” he said. “I encourage you to learn from your mistakes and learn from the mistakes of others. Make a conscious decision and choose not to blame. Don’t blame your past, don’t blame your environment, don’t blame other people. Take ownership for the things that you do. Take ownership for the things that you fail at. Failing is an easy thing to do, but one thing I encourage you to fail at is to fail to blame. When you fail to blame, you learn quicker. You’re not looking at other people as a problem.”
“Make your plans, go your ways, but remember who is establishing your footsteps,” said Drummer, closing his speech by quoting Proverbs 16:9.
Dr. Deborah Vess, Vice President of Academic Affairs, then presented the Associate in Science degree to the following: Jana A. Bowen, Caleb R. Brown, Matt W. Donaldson, Kaitlin B. Hill and Taylor L. Waters.
The Associate of Arts degree was presented to the following students: Summer Graduates - Nicole A. Abrams, Wail F. Alshuaibi, Rayce D. Attebery, Jada M. Baker, Hunter A. Bragg, Antonio M. Brantley, Dana V. Bright, Brittany N. Brown, Jabriel S. Butler, Bracy M. Cato, Mikala L. Champion, Heather S. Corbin, Nishayla L. Daniels, De'maya S. Davis, Chakita D. Durden, Jahmari L. Etienne, Cody L. Fielder, Todd R. Friedel, Kayla S. George, Shelby B. Harris, Alesia B. Henderson, Jonathan S. Jay, Grayson C. Johnson, Delvin D. Jones, Keshauna R. Jones, Shunseere S. Kent, Brandon M. Kight, Tiffany C. KoKotis, Carlton Lanier, Jr., Myles J. Latimer, DeMarcus L. Maxwell, Benjamin B. Mayes III, Tiara A. McDuffie, Jahala B. McLain, Kimbriana S. Mincey, Hanan D. Mitchell, Keenen C. Mitchell, Melitta B. Myricks, Ashley M. O'Neil, Benjamin S. Porter, Rance A. Powell, Zachary N. Proctor, Markel T. Robinson, Antonio N. Rodgers, Celeste Rodriguez-Teran, Maxwell J. Ryan, Ariel M. Ryans, Akeyla L. Sharpe, Kaleya C. Sharpe, Dustin D. Shattles, Tranae D. Smith, Akaria T. Stewart, Torrence J. Thomas, Dylan G. Toole, Shawneki W. Weaver, George K. Whitaker, Destiny D. Williams and Keishuna T. Williams. Fall graduates - Ayla S. Amos, Kelby D. Anderson, Tatyana I. Ashley, Stephen A. Beasley, Avery L. Berry, Kathryn E. Boula, Danai A. Boyd, Matthew C. Boyd, Darryl L. Brabham, Carla D. Brown, Ashley E. Bush, Lorena Cisneros, Sarah K. Coleman, Lauren D. Conner, Christian A. Cordero-Kenney, Rebecca L. Driggers, Benjamin D. Echols, Brianna K. Edmond, Megan T. Faircloth, Caleb J. Fields, Paris J. Glasper, Baughman H. Goodin, Madeline E. Gould, Shabiante L. Grant, Kristen D. Hardison, Jermyrius D. Hastings, Jenna N. Hazle, Elizabeth A. Hobbs, Earnisha L. Holliday, Kaitlyn E. Hubbard, Ladonna S. Jenkins, Rochelle C. Johnson, Desmond M. Jordan, Destiny S. Jordan, Sha-quana L. Kendrick, Rashida K. King, Charity M. Langston, Thang S. Lieu, Morgan R. Link, Taisha L. Little, Jasmine Lloyd, Julian M. Lockley, Jarvis M. Lovett, Kylie B. Marsh, Robert L. Marsh, Naomi E. Mason, Karly M. McDonald, Hunter E. McElmurray, Francisco X. Mejia, Jackson R. Miles, Christopher A. Mobley, Marissa J. Mobley, Tori A. Moody, Lonique F. Morman, Earnest Palmer III, Bianca M. Parra, Brianna N. Powell, Joseph A. Powell, Brandon T. Roberson, Detris L. Roberson, Alison N. Seamans, Catelyn N. Sherrod, Robyn D. Shipmon, Amy J. Silva, Briauna S. Simmons, Anna E. Simons, Audreianna D. Smith, Luke A. Smith, Shanell N. Smith, Angelica L. Spaulding, Tykeria S. Tann, Jacquez B. Tate, Richard T. Taylor, Aleysha L. Torres, Sasshay J. Tremble, Trontavis F. Usry, Jamari D. Wesley, Caitlyn R. Wheeler, Kayla M. Wheeler, Jordan L. Whorley, Alexandria V. Wilcox, Cole F. Williams, James B. Woodard and Willie A. Worthen.
The first Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration degrees were presented to Philip W. Brigham and David H. Kimbrell.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree was presented to Joleishia N. Cooper, Lindsey M. Howell and Alicia C. Winfrey.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall for all in attendance.
The full video of the ceremony can be found on EGSC’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIEQkoC8PRw. Photos from the ceremony can be found on the EGSC Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/egcpr/albums/72157688268056292.