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Fall Commencement Ceremony
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Arena at Gwinnett Center
GGC held its Fall 2013 Commencement ceremony on December 19 to graduate approximately 300 students. View a previously recorded video of the ceremony.
GGC Alumnus Homero González to Give Commencement Address
Homero González was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. His father, Homero González, Sr., who had previously immigrated and earned his citizenship, worked for many years to bring his family to this country so his children could have a brighter future. Homero was accompanied by his mother, Olga, and his younger brothers, Arnoldo and Esteban.
The family settled in Lawrenceville and eventually, Homero graduated from Dacula High School. Along the way, however, Homero was advised that because English was his second language, college was an unrealistic goal, and he should pursue a trade. Not one to be diverted from his dreams, he enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he found the support needed to succeed.
After taking the college’s Student Success courses in English, Homero gained the writing skills and confidence to succeed in his college-level courses. From there, his college career broadened with opportunities – opportunities he seized with enthusiasm and determination to make the most of his educational experience.
Homero served as president of the Organization of Latin American Students for three consecutive years. He also served the college’s Student Government Association as a senator and as vice president, and was involved with several other organizations. He attended a summer study abroad program in Europe and participated in service projects, including a reading program for Hispanic children which he developed along with his mentor, Dr. Jessica Damián. He is a charter member of the GGC Alumni Association Board.
A fortuitous, spur-of-the-moment request for Homero to provide translation assistance for a Telemundo Atlanta news crew attending a GGC event introduced him to station employees. Impressed with his professionalism, they invited him along with other GGC students to assist with an upcoming station event.
Soon thereafter, a job opened up and after reviewing his portfolio and skill set, the station hired Homero part-time. He later became a full-time employee, and worked his way up to senior marketing coordinator and creative services, with responsibilities in coordinating multi-media marketing campaigns, social media engagement, creative design and on-air promotions. His job at Telemundo Atlanta enabled Homero to quickly expand his skills and work on interdisciplinary teams.
Since graduating from GGC only two years ago, Homero has received two Emmy awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. His first Emmy was garnered as part of a team of three news producers and editors, who produced the special news series, Serie Especial HB-87, which served as a guide for the local Hispanic community regarding new anti-immigration legislation passed in Georgia in 2011. Homero’s second Emmy was garnered for his contributions to Serie Especial: Acción Diferida under the Team Coverage Category. Serie Especial: Acción Diferida profiled how undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age would qualify for Deferred Action status.
He continues to serve his community. In addition to his position on the communications committee for the Latin American Association, he is a member of a GED program’s core team at Our Lady of the Americas Mission in Lilburn. In that role, Homero manages the program’s professors and supervises its academic director's course plans.
Like many of GGC’s students, Homero was the first member of his family to go to college. His experiences inspired his two younger brothers to pursue college educations at Georgia Gwinnett.
As for his future, Homero plans to pursue a master’s degree, possibly in international business.