U.S. Sen. Jack Reed to speak at GGC spring commencement

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) will give the keynote address to Georgia Gwinnett College students who graduate in May. Sixty students are expected to receive their diplomas following the spring 2010 semester, and the commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 28 at 7 p.m. on the quadrangle adjacent to Building B.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) will give the keynote address to Georgia Gwinnett College students who graduate in May. Sixty students are expected to receive their diplomas following the spring 2010 semester, and the commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 28 at 7 p.m. on the quadrangle adjacent to Building B.

A leader on defense, education and health care issues, Reed is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he has senior ranking. Before being elected to serve in the Senate in 1996, Reed was a three-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District.

After graduating from West Point and receiving an active duty commission in the United States Army, Reed attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he received a master’s of public policy. An Army Ranger and a paratrooper, Reed served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an infantry platoon leader, a company commander, and a battalion staff officer. He returned to West Point in 1978 as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences.

The 2010 spring commencement will mark the College’s fifth graduation ceremony since opening its doors in 2006. The College was accredited in 2009 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As of May 28, GGC will boast more than 180 graduates.

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