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Georgia Gwinnett College grad learns there is no direct path to the perfect career field

Eric Thomas Jr., 25, of Norcross, describes their younger self as “one of those annoyingly smart kids who shines at every academic spotlight,” but their abundance of book smarts was counterbalanced by a strange lack of motivation. Born and raised in metro Atlanta, they graduated from Henry County High School with a 3.8 GPA, but was ambivalent about what to do next.

A random online search of different college majors led them to the Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) website, and it was like the clouds parted and a ray of light landed on their computer screen, Thomas said.

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Georgia Gwinnett College information technology major fights her way out of despair to graduate top of class

When she was just eight years old, Ruby Hernandez, 21, of Lawrenceville, was diagnosed with the rare and incurable autoimmune disease that causes excruciating flare-ups. Any mild accumulation of sweat triggers the painful outbreaks, and the symptoms are significantly worsened with weight gain. It sentenced her to an acutely frustrating struggle to stay healthy without provoking the disease.

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Guardian angel guides Georgia Gwinnett College nursing graduate to success

Autumn Musgrave Burgess, 24, of Canton, said she could easily have wandered down a bad path. She grew up in Forsyth County, Georgia, the child of separated parents and a survivor of an “adverse childhood,” a term referring to various types of abuse and neglect.  

Burgess enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in 2016. She said she decided on GGC after taking a tour and falling in love with the beautiful campus and friendly faculty. She knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping troubled children.

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Poet Laureate to Address Class of 2022 at Georgia Gwinnett College Commencement

Poet Laureate Hank Stewart will address the Class of 2022 at Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, at Gas South Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. This is the first time a poet laureate has addressed a GGC graduating class.

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College in an instant: Instant Decision Day simplifies college application, acceptance

College application procedures can be lengthy, confusing and overwhelming, but a Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) initiative is simplifying the process. 

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Students, faculty, alumni show off their research at Georgia Gwinnett College STaRS event

Research was on full display at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) last week at the college’s Science, Technology and Research Symposium (STaRS). The signature initiative, held annually for the past 13 years, was moved online briefly in 2020 and 2021 because of the global pandemic, but the in-person event came back in full force with more than 80 exhibits featuring sleek posters, unusual artifacts and interactive activities. 

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Georgia Gwinnett College researchers break down the impact scientists play in climate change acceptance

It's been more than 50 years since the first Earth Day, and polling data shows an increasing understanding that humans play a significant role in the earth's changing environment. An overwhelming majority of scientists – 97 percent – agree on anthropogenic global warming. Still, the remaining three percent play an impactful role in keeping the debate about the reality of climate change alive.

Dr. Laura Young, associate professor of political science at Georgia Gwinnett College, wanted to know more about that disparity.

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Missing persons: Georgia Gwinnett College anthropology project pieces together lives of William Harris Homestead enslaved people

At least 18 people have gone missing on a bucolic farm 30 minutes west of Athens, and Dr. Kathryn Deeley, assistant professor of anthropology at Georgia Gwinnett College, and her students aim to find them.

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Joseph invested as third president of Georgia Gwinnett College

Dr. Jann L. Joseph was invested as the third president of Georgia Gwinnett College at a formal ceremony Friday on the college’s campus. The room boasted formal academic regalia, intermixed with decorative touches representing Joseph’s Caribbean roots.

One of the oldest traditions in academia, an investiture is a formal ceremony that “confers authority and symbols of high office.” The time-honored ceremony is typically held during, or at the conclusion of, the president’s first year in office. While Joseph became GGC president in July 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed her investiture.

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