East Georgia State College held their Fall Commencement ceremony on December 10, 2016 in the gymnasium. This semester saw a new Fall Commencement record of 107 graduates earn their Associate of Arts degree, and three students earned a certificate of accomplishment for their work as members of the CHOICE Program.
The alumni speaker for the ceremony was Tabithia Ross, EGSC Registrar; student speaker was Akira Sutton, Vice President of the Student Government Association; and commencement speaker was Assistant Professor of Social Science Randy Carter.
“There are very few days in a lifetime that are as special as the one you are experiencing today,” said EGSC President Dr. Bob Boehmer. “Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. You have earned it.”
“Today is a celebration of completing your first step in completing your academic and professional goals,” said Ross during her speech. She encouraged students to remember their first day at EGSC, then their college careers. “As you leave here, let your experiences have an impact on you wherever you go. Remember, with these experiences, you have gained an extended family.”
Sutton then spoke, giving the graduates the following advice: “I’m sure it seems just like yesterday that you began classes here at EGSC. Now, you’re at graduation. You have within you everything you need to reach your potential. As you go out into the world, remember that it all started here at East Georgia State College. You are—and always will be—a Bobcat.”
Carter took the podium to speak about integrity. “What is a good definition of integrity?” he asked the students. “There is really not a good textbook definition. There are elements: honesty, being reliable, and who you are. There is an idea of perfect forms. That is our integrity. I think we all have to define integrity within ourselves.”
“You have the opportunities in your life to extend extemporaneous kindness. If you do that, it puts integrity in your bank of personal capital, which is just as important as the capital you have in your bank account,” he continued. “It really makes you feel good. It helps you create value every day and you’re helping your community, your church, you country—whatever you’re involved in.”
“Your integrity will empower you. When you run into difficult situations, integrity will grant you peace in times of trouble,” he said. “There is a spiritual and metaphysical element to integrity that I cannot talk about, but it is there. At your lowest point, it will rescue you.”
Dr. Tim Goodman, Vice President of Academic Affairs, then presented Associate of Arts degrees to the following students: Marah J. Adams, Jamari R. Baker, Talithia L. Bass, Saralan B. Beasley, Taylor L. Benton, Courtney N. Best, Norman B. Bevan, Colin D. Blackburn, Danny A. Blocker, Dasman S. Bolden, Courtney R. Brown, Li-Esha K. Brown, Jessica R. Carter, Jada C. Childs, Jalyn M. Chinn, Cierra L. Clark, Walter S. Clark, Tia N. Clayton, Caroline E. Coffey, Kaitlyn A. Coleman, Phelisia L. Coleman, Blake D. Cravey, Rebekah J. Crews, Carlie J. Daniels, Keith B. De Lima, Maggie B. Dees, Traci L. Dominy, Nicholas M. Earls, Wesley B. Edwards, Edie O. Ewing, Jessica M. Finch, Taylor L. Fiveash, Abbie L. Forehand, Bria L. Fortune, Shi'ra C. Gamble, Miyah G. George, Stephen T. Gomez, Samantha C. Griffin, Taylor B. Griner, Christina V. Guerrero, Kimberly Hamilton, April L. Hardin, Mary E. Hart, Drevon D. Harvey, Xavier J. Hicks, Victoria N. Hilts, Spencer P. Hines, Hannah N. Hobbs, Brandon A. Hypolite, Sterling N. Irvin, Danielle J. Johnson, Marquisha S. Johnson, Shamiria V. Key, Kasey L. Lanier, Logan P. Lanier, Allen L. Littles, Ayanna S. Lloyd, Cameron M. Lowe, Krystal L. Lynch, Tonya M. Marin, Harper L. Martin, Malissa D. Martin, Tamara S. Martin, Rosie J. May, Kenneth E. McClendon, Tamaria D. Melvin, James A. Miller, Godstime C. Nnoroum, Micah J. Norat, James A. O'Neal, Emmanuel Olorode, Christopher J. Owens, Kristi E. Patterson, Kelly E. Peel, Joshua L. Peeler, Brenna D. Phillips, Joni N. Poole, Dustin C. Price, Darius R. Pryor, Noelia Ramirez, Delaney L. Rauch, Yeonnia Richter, Jordan A. Robins, Carlos L. Rooks, FaLinda A. Ruffin, Frankia R. Ruffin, Branden M. Schumacher, Tiffani R. Scipio, Dalton Z. Scott, Terriona I. Searles, Amber B. Solomon, Gregory A. Spencer, Andrew Z. Tant, Kaleb C. Taunton, Clayton M. Teston, Laura L. Todd, Shaneka Y. Traylor-Johnson, Jessica N. Tyson, Jordan S. Vaughn, Alexandra M. Waller, Odochi C. Wami, Casey L. Ware, Zekelsia D. Watson, Taylor M. Wood, Barbara S. Woodson, Courtney S. Wynn and Calvin L. Young.
Also during the commencement ceremony, three of EGSC’s CHOICE students were awarded a certificate of accomplishment for completing their college education through the program. The CHOICE program is a two-year collegiate program culminating in the receipt of college course credit, workforce preparedness and life-long learning experience. The CHOICE inclusive program is designed for students with disabilities who desire to pursue a complete college immersion experience. Students in the program can elect to live in EGSC’s on-campus residence halls while they take classes. This is one of a very small number of similar programs in Georgia. Students earning this certificate were Sharaun Jalik Bright, Tiffany Shae Guthrie and Kasey Leigh Hayes.