First GGC Grads Urged to be Leaders of Tomorrow

This morning, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told 17 students who are making history as Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) charter graduating class, that they should “fill their lives with a spirit of service.”

This morning, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told 17 students who are making history as Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) charter graduating class, that they should “fill their lives with a spirit of service.”

“The thousands of graduates who follow you will be riding on your shoulders, so live the life of a leader, focused not on self, but on others,” says Cagle, who delivered Saturday’s inaugural commencement address.

Approximately 500 people—including proud GGC students, family, faculty, staff and administrators—attended GGC’s first-ever commencement ceremony, which took place in the breezy outdoor courtyard in front of Building B.

The graduating class is comprised of traditional-aged college students, and non-traditional adult students: some of whom will be entering the workforce, while others will be pursuing advanced degrees at institutions including Harvard University and Brenau University.

“This world needs leaders who can think analytically and understand the world around them so they can respond to unforeseen circumstances,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We need leaders who are comfortable with uncertainty and can guide the forces of change for the benefit of society. All of you in the charter class at GGC are that kind of leader—leaders of tomorrow."

GGC is the nation’s first public, four-year college founded in the 21st century, and is the first public, four-year college created in Georgia in more than 100 years. The college has been granted candidacy status towards its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges, and offers majors in biology, business administration, information technology and psychology.

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