On Saturday, December 12, 2015, East Georgia State College held their 53rd Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Gymnasium. Degrees were presented to 43 summer graduates, 101 fall graduates, and 6 reverse transfer graduates.
“This graduating class is the largest ever at EGSC,” stated EGSC President Bob Boehmer. “This is due to the incredibly hard work of our faculty and staff and our amazing graduates.”
“Graduates, few days take on as much significance as this special day in your life. Enjoy the moment, because you earned it,” said Dr. Boehmer. “Earning a college degree in the United States is really difficult and extraordinary. Right now only about 1/3 of the adults in the United States have earned a college degree. Today’s ceremony is an initiation into that academy of scholars.”
“Today is your day, and you’ll be going on to new and exciting places,” said Caitlan Coleman, Student Government Association President and student speaker at the ceremony.
Dr. H. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at EGSC, was selected to give the commencement address by the students.
Dr. Cheek presented guides to the graduates in four parts. The first was “desirable means do not always lead to deserving ends.”
“You have more advantages than any graduating class before,” he explained. “We have, in the world today, 4.9 billion electronic devices that can talk to each other. This is growing at a rate of 30% every four years. You have the capability to communicate—to reach out—unlike any generation has had before. But unless we use that insight, unless you use those gifts to go out and make an impact on the world, they are literally worthless.”
The second guide was that “wrong roads won’t lead to the right place.”
He also spoke on how setting goals is easier than reaching them, and that ultimate purpose is more important than persistence or determination.
“Try and think of what is most important to you and your family,” he said.
“We live in a society that says if you work harder, if you spend 80 hours a week, 60 hours a week, you’ll be successful. That’s not true. Your ultimate purpose is much more important than persistence or determination,” he said. “Our society misleads us by telling us if we just work harder, everything will be cool. Unless you have an ultimate purpose guiding you and an ultimate set of principles that will sustain you, you will not be as successful. In America in the last 20 years, there has been a huge increase in productivity, but that’s of no use unless it makes American lives better. If it doesn’t make the world that you’ll inherit and you’re children will inherit better, and you don’t have an ultimate purpose, you’re wasting your time. The life you live, the pattern you give, your ultimate purpose, is much more important than any single act of your life.”
“We are very honored by you, ladies and gentlemen, and your success,” concluded Dr. Cheek.
During the ceremony, EGSC conferred Associate in Arts degrees to the following graduates: Cynthia LaVonne Adams, Morgan Leigh Allen, Gabriella Anthony, De’Asia Kierra Baker, Angel Alicia Beasley, Melina Victoria Bell, Jamye Lynn Bellamy, Candace Marie Blair, Hallie Nicole Blizzard, Justin DeVante Boatwright, Amanda Elizabeth Grace Bragg, Jasmine Victoria Brewton, Kayla Susanne Bridges, Chas Lamar Britton, Jasmine Alexia Brown, Tamarin Sheree Burkins, Tiquaya Desiree Cain, Donovan Zachary Carpenter, Jalesa Jaquia Carroll, Krysta Daniell Castellano, Corran Castle, Charles McMillan Chappell, Jr., Spencer Bryce Clark, Kaylyn Moss Clifton, Jodie Ann Collins, Jodie Lane Cobb, Samuel Owen Coffey, Heather Ruth Correll, Jolie Ann Crapps, Jamal Rashaad Cummings, Ryan Tyler Dague, Hillary Anna Davis, Mamie Pearl Davis, Alyse Marie Deen, Ansleigh Caroline Dickey, Tahir Khalid Dulaney, Dante Antonio Edwards, Joel David Elder, Taylor Marie Ellis, Christopher Flores, Keith Joshua Foreman, Kaitlin Marie Frederick, Sarah Marie Fulghum, Sadik Malik Gaskin, Jaclyn Katherine Gibson, Alyssa Diane Gilfoyle, Terrance Bernard Glenn, Joanna Marie Gonzalez, James Tyler Good, Brittney Tiara Goss, Stephen Tucker Graham, Brian Tyler Grooms, Emerald Brooke Hambrick, Ki’Monsha Kionna Hayton, Katheryn Denise Head, Kimberly Bell Heath, Ann Marie Hendley, Emily Katherine Hendley, Justin Marshall Holland, Lacey McCay Holliday, Tyler P. Hooks, Shea Victoria Houston, Reid William Hudson, Gabrielle Presley Hudson, Margaret Leigh Hutcheson, Keyry Teresita Jimenez-Santana, Christopher Matthew Johnson, Ashley Mischon Jones, Antoina Quinkesia DeBre Jones, Neko Antonio Jones, Adonis Larry Jordan, Harina Mender Kesete, Antoinette Yolanda King, Damon Owen Knighten, Meghan Ann Lacienski, Valerie Jeneen Lanier, Jordan E. Lawson, Preslie Fay Lewis, Long Ngo Lieu, Sabrina Joyce Lindsey, Jesse Garrett Little, Teara Olivia Matthews, Melissa Brooke McBride, Jordan Everette McCormick, Heather Rebekah McCullough, Faith Theodosia McGee, Morgan Dale McNure, Jerrika Jeameia McRae, Sarah Madison Mercer, Cameron Jarmaal Mills, Heaven Lei Mixon, Rebekah Lauren Mock, Megan Nelms Montford, Michael Patrick Moran, Shaylyn R. Morris, Jaquez Motley, Lauren Elizabeth Murphy, Kayla Brooke Odum, Brandon Burley Page, Samantha Jo Page, Arpil Kumar Patel, Vianey Perez, Heather Gabrielle Peterson, My’ya Unique Phillips, Graciela Pina, Robert Joseph Poole, Takiera Anita Porter, Kristen Hillary Powell, Travell Donte Primus, Juan Jeronimo Rangel, Christine Alexandria Ray, Rodneshia Deshell Rhodes, Gregory Alexander Richard, Jeremy Douglas Riggs, Samuel Palmer Rivers, Symone Nicole Robinson, Atziri Abigall Rodriguez, Elon Faizah Ross, Joshua Timothy Roye, Anaisai Saucedo, Ladeshia Shaquna Simpkins, Caitlin Abbie Smith, Christian Nicole Smith, Dannielle Treshon Smith, Katherine Jones Stickle, Blake Meldon Stone, Rickea Chante Tarver, Ashley Annisa Taylor, Lewis Temple, Shalanda Shanta Thornton, Whitney Lynne Tucker, Matrude Denise Turner, Samantha Ashton Van Dyke, Edwin Jose Velazquez-Fontanez, Cindy Sharane Wadley, Kimberlyn Ware, Brianna Jo Watson, Chelsea Caraway Welch, Tamara Jenee’ White, Aneytraei Monae Williams, Douglas Griffin Williams, Arielle Rhea-Lynn Williamson, Faith LaJoy Williamson, Kavarick Keondraye Wimberly, Carter Lee Wray and Daisha Yanai Wright.
Three Bachelor of Science degrees were also conferred to Dana Michelle Bedgood, Hunter Evans Gay and Regan Ashley Phillips.