East Georgia State College will hold their Fall Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Gymnasium on the Swainsboro campus. The guest speaker for the event will be Senator Nikema Williams, while the Alumni speaker will be John Allen Bailey and the student representative will be Megan Bryant.
Senator Nikema Williams represents Georgia’s 39th district including the cities of Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Union City and South Fulton. She serves on the influential Economic Development and Tourism, Retirement, State and Local Government Operations, Urban Affairs, and Special Judiciary committees.
She has served in multiple leadership roles in Georgia, including Vice-Chair for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Chair of the 13th Congressional District, 1st Chair of the Fulton County Democratic party and as a delegate for Georgia in the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has also served as the National Committeewoman for the Young Democrats of Georgia and was named a Woman of Influence in 2011 by the Atlanta Business League.
Sen. Williams is currently the Deputy Political Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Georgia State Director at Care in Action, the advocacy and political arm of NDWA. She was recently elected as the first African American woman to be Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Sen. Williams has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Forty under Forty, Power 30 Under 30, Outstanding Atlanta, and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. She is a graduate of Lead Atlanta, New Leaders Council and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.
Sen. Williams was born in Columbus and attended Talladega College, a private liberal arts Historically Black College in Talladega, Alabama, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
The alumni speaker, John Allen Bailey, is a resident of Swainsboro and attended EGSC when it was known as Emanuel County Junior College. He furthered his education at the University of Georgia obtaining his master’s in education in agriculture education.
Bailey then went on to teacher agriculture at Emanuel County Institute. He also taught area farm business management and area forestry. Bailey was named the Young Farmer Executive Secretary from 2013 to 2017 and he is the present Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption Compliance Officer.
Bailey received the award for Man of the Year in Soil and Water Conservation in 1998, Star Teacher in 1999 and 2001, and teacher of the year in 1996 and 1998. His more recent accomplishments are being named a National Forestry CDE Committee member, the National Forestry CDE Chairman and being inducted into the Agriculture Education Hall of Fame in 2014.
Bailey is involved with the Swainsboro Jaycees, the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, Master 4-H Club, and the Rotary Club. He is currently serving on the Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Emanuel County Board of Education.
He is married to Yonna Bailey and they have one son, Jay, who is married to Tiffany. Bailey and his wife have two grandchildren.
Megan Bryant will be the student speaker at graduation. Bryant, a 19-year-old native of Reidsville and daughter of Phyllis Gaffney, is currently a sophomore at East Georgia State College and is majoring in nursing. She plans to further her education and become a neonatal nurse. She currently serves as president of the EGSC Student Government Association and is also a member of the Student Ambassadors and the African-American Union. She plans to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha at her next college.
Bryant says that her experience at EGSC has been opportunistic. She has had the opportunity to learn more about the college and share that with others. She and her sister, Morgan, have also had the chance to sing at many college functions, including basketball games, graduation and more. She also represented EGSC at many conferences where she was able to learn more about SGA. She says that she has met many wonderful people that she will remember forever from her church and the employees on campus.