GGC graduates 95, largest class to date

Georgia Gwinnett College marked its largest commencement to date yesterday, as 95 graduates became the first to march through the college’s Arch of Knowledge to claim their degrees. The event established traditions for future ceremonies.

Georgia Gwinnett College marked its largest commencement to date yesterday, as 95 graduates became the first to march through the college’s Arch of Knowledge to claim their degrees. The event established traditions for future ceremonies.

“This year’s commencement is the first held in our completed outdoor ceremony venue,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “The plaza and sloped lawn in front of the Library and Learning Center were designed to function as a stage and amphitheater for our commencements, convocations and other large events. The Arch of Knowledge, an architectural feature to the side of the library, was specifically designed to symbolize the transitions made by our students.”

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. He evoked the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill with a rousing, “Never give up,” message for the graduates.

“Your diploma is only a road sign in your life. It is not a stop sign,” he said. He encouraged the graduates to never stop learning or working toward goals and challenges, a key to long-term success.

The event featured the premiere performance of the GGC Alma Mater. The song was co-written by Brittany Dertz, Class of 2011, and Alvina Atkinson, associate professor of mathematics, and composed by Thomas Young, retired associate professor of English.  A recording of the GGC Alma Mater will soon be available at www.ggc.edu

The college, which opened its doors in August 2006 to 118 students, expects an enrollment of more than 8,000 this fall. The application deadline for the 2011 fall semester is July 1.

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