East Georgia State College will hold their Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Gymnasium. Speaker for the event will be Denny Key, while the Alumni speaker will be Sara Young and the student representative will be Krystal Perry.
Denny Key, a native of Swainsboro, graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1966. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing Degree from the University of Georgia in 1970. He served in the United States Air Force from 1970 – 1973, and worked at Citizens Bank of Swainsboro until his retirement.
Key is currently the Chair of the East Georgia State College Foundation and the Executive Director of the Mill Creek Foundation. He is also the Past President and current member of Rotary Club, Past President of the Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He is also a trustee of the Foundation of Emanuel Medical Center and serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Bank of Swainsboro. Key was named Person of the Year in 2017 by the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce at their annual Awards Banquet.
Key and his wife, Peggy, have two sons, Dennis and Brian, and three granddaughters, Evans, Etta and Lainey.
Swainsboro native Sara Young is a 2010 graduate of East Georgia State College and is currently employed as Student Affairs Communication Specialist in Enrollment Management at EGSC. Prior to changing career paths, Young worked in healthcare in Patient Access for ten years at Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro and Navicent Health in Byron.
Young is very active in her community, as well. In 2017, she worked with Emanuel County Relay for Life as the Public Relations Coordinator. She worked exceptionally hard to promote the relay, even interviewing local cancer survivors and collaborating with The Forest-Blade to publish these stories. In 2018, Young was named Co-Chair of Emanuel County Relay for Life and has worked hard to execute events and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
In February 2018, Young was named one of “Emanuel County’s 20 under 40” for her leadership and commitment. She is an active member with Community Action for Youth, South Central Alumni Chapter of The Fort Valley State University, Emanuel County CSRA Headstart Community Representative, School Council at Swainsboro Elementary School, and Sounds of Gabriel gospel choir. She is a member of St. Paul-Noah’s Ark A.M.E. Church in Summertown, Georgia where she serves on the Finance Committee and Missionary.
When she is not busy being a single mother to her daughter Zaylin, she can be found in the community lending a helping hand, coordinating a wedding or event, or blogging. In 2016, “SaraSaray” launched her personal blog promoting self-esteem and encouraging women to love themselves as they are. “There is nothing more rare more beautiful woman being unapologetically comfortable in her perfect imperfection.” That Steve Maraboli quote heads the blog of Young's positivity and confidence which is exuded upon those around her.
Student representative Krystal Perry is the President of East Georgia State College’s Student Government Association. A native of Hinesville, she is a General Studies major at EGSC and plans to pursue her Bachelor’s in Nursing. Her goal is to become a travel nurse. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and doing makeup.
East Georgia State College looks forward to celebrating all of our graduates!